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.

6 days 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 ...
3 weeks 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 ...
4 weeks 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, ...
4 weeks 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 Literary snippets, memories, personal mythologies, and art historical references inform the imagery; fused together, these influences explore relationships, domesticity ...
1 month 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 ...
2 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 ...
2 months ago

Hilary Ellis: Frayed edges

Hilary Ellis: Frayed edges
Hilary Ellis has never really considered herself to be a textile artist as such, but rather as an artist who incorporates stitching, thread and beads into her artwork as a way of enhancing the range of mark making. She always works on paper rather than fabric but ...
3 months ago

Paula Chung and Karen Rips: A View Within

Paula Chung and Karen Rips: A View Within
Paula Chung lives in Zephyr Cove, Nevada on Lake Tahoe, where she studies nature and maintains her fiber art practice. Paula creates beautifully detailed tapestries taking flat black and white medical body images and bringing them to life. Her technique of using a ...
3 months ago

Alice Fox: The Textile Study Group

Alice Fox: The Textile Study Group
The Textile Study Group (TSG) is a group of nationally and internationally recognised textile artists and tutors, well known for innovative and challenging approaches to art practice and contemporary teaching. The objectives of the group are to cultivate and advanc ...

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