Mixed Media

Several of the artists we talk to work with mixed media techniques which just happen to encompass textiles. Fabric is the most versatile of materials for artists and this section reveals the myriad of ways it can be manipulated, embellished and turned into something entirely new. We explore print techniques (screen-printing and digital print to name two), as well as the use of found objects, photography, embroidery stitches (both machine and hand) and a range of unusual and unique materials such as metal and wood.

2 years ago

Pat Hickman: A world of visual communication

Pat Hickman: A world of visual communication
When Pat Hickman first came upon a gut parka made by native people in Alaska, she saw how an animal’s inner membrane could be used as an outer protective skin. She then began her exploration with a similar inner membrane that became her signature material. Today ...
2 years ago

Marion Strunk: What is a picture?

Marion Strunk: What is a picture?
Besides fine arts and art history Swiss artist Marion Strunk also studied psycho-analysis and is currently working as a professor at the University of the Arts in Zürich. Although Marion’s chosen medium is thread on photography, she sees herself neither as a ...
2 years ago

Jill Flower: A dream achieved

Jill Flower: A dream achieved
As a young girl Jill Flower had a dream of being an art teacher. Although it took a long time before she could pursue this dream, soon after graduating with distinction, Jill became a very successful artist and sought-after teacher. Her work has been exhibited ...
2 years ago

Michael James: A visceral connection with textiles

Michael James: A visceral connection with textiles
As a leader of the artquilt movement that began in the 1970’s, Michael James has become one of most distinguished voices in the medium of quilted fabric construction. His work explores the fluid borderline between the physical and metaphysical world. More recentl ...
2 years ago

Renato Dib: Within the sphere of intimacy

Renato Dib: Within the sphere of intimacy
Brazilian artist Renato Dib creates exquisite adaptations of the human form using velvet, silk, and other materials. The intimacy of the human form serves as an endless source of inspiration in his work. Beginning his career at a very early age, Renato’s ...
2 years ago

Emily Jo Gibbs interview: The immediacy of textiles

Emily Jo Gibbs interview: The immediacy of textiles
From lovingly observed portraiture to rigorously made, exquisitely detailed sculptural pieces, Emily Jo Gibbs’ work demonstrates mastery of technique, as well as a keen sensitivity for concept. The artist’s work can be found in several permanent museum collecti ...
2 years ago

Meta Heemskerk interview: Experimenting with metal

Meta Heemskerk interview: Experimenting with metal
For as long as Meta Heemskerk can remember, she has been attracted to creating art. The internet opened a vast collection of new opportunities to connect with others in the creative space, allowing Meta to further explore drawing, needlework, music, and a number of ...
2 years ago

Marty Jonas interview: Embellishing altered textiles

Marty Jonas interview: Embellishing altered textiles
Some might say that Marty Jonas was destined for textile arts at a young age. Her mother taught her to knit, crochet and sew, while her father taught her to hammer, saw and drill. In other words, she always kept her hands busy, and always applied her forces to crea ...
2 years ago

The best of Mr X Stitch: 5 cutting edge blog posts

The best of Mr X Stitch: 5 cutting edge blog posts
We’ve been longtime admirers of Mr X Stitch here at TextileArtist.org. Jamie Chalmers (AKA Mr X Stitch himself), has built a site that’s at the cutting edge of contemporary embroidery, and whilst there are some differences between his audience and ours, we all ...

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