Artist Interview

A range of interviews with contemporary textile artists. We’ve been lucky enough to chat with some of the world’s leading practitioners in this area and the range of techniques and styles covered in the interviews is varied and inspirational.

We’ve chatted to those producing textile art that’s experimental, abstract, and sculptural, landscape and figurative textile artists, fibre artists inspired by nature, those using recycled and found materials; the list goes on and on.

So take a browse through our textile artist interviews and you’re bound to find something to inspire, influence, or inform.

1 week ago

Willemien de Villiers: An observer on the fringe

Willemien de Villiers: An observer on the fringe
Willemien de Villiers is a South African artist and writer, currently residing in Muizenberg, Cape Town. Her work is a dialogue between real and imagined microscopic biological phenomena, reconstructing the common cellular history of all living things through atomi ...
3 weeks ago

Vanessa Rolf: Drawing with the thread

Vanessa Rolf: Drawing with the thread
Vanessa Rolf’s work explores maps, journeys, psychogeography, memory, memorial, inheritance, archiving and collections. She references found imagery and text to create layered narratives; this research is sometimes referenced directly but also through intuitive s ...
4 weeks ago

Jessica Tang: Tracing the silhouette

Jessica Tang: Tracing the silhouette
Jessica Tang was born and raised in San Francisco and is now based in South San Francisco. She went to Mills college for her BA in Studio Art and has exhibited at SOMArts, The San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, and other venues in the Bay Area. In her... ...
1 month ago

Caron Penney: The traditional skill of tapestry weaving

Caron Penney: The traditional skill of tapestry weaving
Caron Penney is a master tapestry weaver, she studied at Middlesex University and has worked in textile production for over twenty years. She is both an artisanal weaver and an artist and has manufactured the work of artists from Tracey Emin to Martin Creed. Penne ...
2 months ago

Bobby Britnell: Explorations with bark cloth

Bobby Britnell: Explorations with bark cloth
Bobby Britnell is a highly experienced textile artist and teacher who has always loved sewing. She became a member of Textile Study group in 1996 and is their current chair. She is also a member of the exhibiting group Through our Hands and is a Fellow of the RS ...
2 months ago

Noëlle Cuppens: The language of the line

Noëlle Cuppens: The language of the line
Noëlle Cup­pens is a ver­sa­tile artist who makes the ar­tic­u­la­tion of line the essence of her art. Her work is based on photographs she takes of chance encounters, disruptive situations or just scenes from everyday life. In addition, she collects texts, ...
2 months ago

Michelle Kingdom: Exploring secret thoughts

Michelle Kingdom: Exploring secret thoughts
Michelle Kingdom creates tiny worlds in thread, to capture elusive yet persistent inner voices. Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity ...
2 months ago

Nadine Spier: A glorious journey

Nadine Spier: A glorious journey
Nadine Spier is an award-winning fiber artist and instructor. Her elaborately woven vessels and sculptures are displayed internationally in solo, invitational and juried shows. Nadine is committed to preserving this endangered art form through her teaching and bre ...
2 months ago

Gladys Paulus: The tactile nature of felt

Gladys Paulus: The tactile nature of felt
Originally from the Netherlands, Gladys Paulus studied Fine Art in painting before moving to the UK in 1995. In 2005 she first tried her hand at feltmaking after a chance encounter with a sheep farmer and some freshly shorn sheep. She instantly fell in love with th ...
3 months ago

Cos Ahmet: Something made by hand

Cos Ahmet: Something made by hand
In 2015, Cos Ahmet completed a month long artist-in-residence post with Fabric Residency, situated in a former textile mill in Manchester, where he created site-specific installations using materials and yarns left over from the mills various pasts, symbolising the ...

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