Stitch

Embroidery in art is a wide-ranging technique as we’ve discovered chatting to textile artists who use it in its most traditional sense as well as those who put a more contemporary spin on stitch. Here, we explore the work of those practitioners using hand embroidery, machine embroidery and a wide range of more specific techniques including punch embroidery, blackwork, cross stitch and applique.

2 years ago

Pat Bishop: Intriguing to its essence

Pat Bishop: Intriguing to its essence
Artist Pat Bishop uses textiles as a medium because they provide a unique vehicle of interpretation with their vibrant colour, tactile nature and endless variety. Her work signifies the strength, beauty and simplicity of nature. Pat is a juried artist member of SA ...
2 years ago

Alison King: The mood of Scotland’s wild places

Alison King: The mood of Scotland’s wild places
Textile artist Alison King trained at Edinburgh College of Art, originally as a painter. She discovered a passion for textiles through many years of teaching. Alison has exhibited extensively and her work has been collected both in the UK and abroad. She has recei ...
2 years ago

Takashi Iwasaki: A visualization of an imaginary world

Takashi Iwasaki: A visualization of an imaginary world
Encouraged by his creative, supportive and open-minded parents, at the age of twenty Takashi Iwasaki left his home country, Japan, to study Fine Arts in Canada. As a student without a lot of income, embroidery seemed the right choice for him to investigate further, ...
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

Daphne Taylor: Inspire an awe of beauty and calm

Daphne Taylor: Inspire an awe of beauty and calm
Daphne Taylor’s close association with the Quaker traditions has always been a strong influence in her life as well as her work. Like the complex silence felt in a Quaker meeting, the world within Daphne’s quilts is hardly a straightforward place. Daphn ...
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

Deborah Slabeck Baker: Black cotton embroidery

Deborah Slabeck Baker: Black cotton embroidery
Deborah Slabeck Baker was first introduced to textiles by her grandparents, both of whom were talented needle workers. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Deborah pursued academics prior to raising a family and spending two decades teaching ballet. She now lives in Chicago ...
2 years ago

Christina Hesford: To construct and deconstruct

Christina Hesford: To construct and deconstruct
Christina Hesford creates beautiful woven artwork. Some of her best work has been featured in galleries, including pieces that were commissioned both publicly and privately. A number of different Japanese craft concepts influence Christina’s work, including ...
2 years ago

Ami James: How textiles can change lives

Ami James: How textiles can change lives
Ami James lives in Derbyshire, England, and she is fairly new to textile arts. She started sewing just over two years ago after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The 34-year-old mother reached out to us with her inspiring story: Ami found that textiles and ...

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