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 year ago

Bren Ahearn: Spin me a tale

Bren Ahearn: Spin me a tale
San Francisco-based artist Bren Ahearn’s embroidery draws from a variety of cultural references. His work appropriates these recognisable symbols to question expectations about manhood and its assumed qualities of courage, vigour, and determination. Bren̵ ...
1 year ago

Ann Brauer: The promise of sunrise

Ann Brauer: The promise of sunrise
Ann Brauer has been using the traditions of quilt making and contemporary concepts of art to create her unique abstract landscapes for the last 34 years. Each quilt is made of commercial cotton that she cuts and carefully pieces to create a statement that is larger ...
1 year ago

Kent Henricksen: The buzz of the hive

Kent Henricksen: The buzz of the hive
Kent Henricksen is best known for his embroidered paintings on silk and his ceramic sculpture. The subjects of his figurative art don masks and elaborate costumes that transform their wearers into spirits, beasts, or ancestral beings. He has lived and worked in Ne ...
1 year ago

Lindsay Olson: Art, physics and the elegant Universe

Lindsay Olson: Art, physics and the elegant Universe
Lindsay Olson is Fermi National Accelerator’s first Artist in Residence and is on the faculty at Columbia College Chicago. She is known for creating unusual residencies including a stint as the resident artist at Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation Distric ...
1 year ago

Cas Holmes: A continual challenge of ideas

Cas Holmes: A continual challenge of ideas
Community, teaching and consultancy work on exhibitions and art projects is founded on a lifetime working as a community artist. This includes work within education, museums and the health sector as well as projects in support of environmental conservation. Trained ...
1 year ago

Anne Kelly: The quotidian influence

Anne Kelly: The quotidian influence
Anne is an artist, author and tutor based in south eastern England. She trained as a fine artist in Canada, was awarded two consecutive Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation awards and travelled to the UK where she worked and trained in London at Goldsmiths College. H ...
1 year ago

Ben Venom: Precious object hanging

Ben Venom: Precious object hanging
Ben Venom graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007 with a Master of Fine Arts degree. His work has been shown both nationally and internationally including the Levi Strauss Museum, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Charlotte Fogh Gallery and the Craft and Folk ...
1 year ago

Karen Henderson: A mark of expression

Karen Henderson: A mark of expression
The connections between self, place, emotion and time are what fascinate textile artist Karen Henderson. Seasons, atmospheres and the time of day intrigue her. She tries to recreate these natural occurrences, evoking emotions that she associates with them through ...
1 year ago

Paulina Ortiz: A walk in the woods

Paulina Ortiz: A walk in the woods
Paulina Ortiz is an artist, designer, and president of the Ibero-American Textile Network. She has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts and a licentiate degree with an emphasis in Textiles from the School of Art and Visual Co ...
2 years ago

Karen Searle: Women’s work

Karen Searle: Women’s work
Karen Searle is a sculptor, author and teacher of fiber and mixed media. Her imagery is inspired by women’s lives and women’s bodies and by the feminine impulse to nurture. Her sense of humour is integral to many of her pieces which have been exhibited ...

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