Galleribba: Textile artwork for sale by Meta Heemskerk

Galleribba: Textile artwork for sale by Meta Heemskerk

Quilt textile artist Meta Heemskerk who utilizes a wide variety of materials to print and paint original fabrics. Her technique consists of layering colour onto white fabric to achieve depth by printing, stamping and discharging. She has been heavily influenced by two of our featured artists Tilleke Schwarz and Sue Stone. Meta has a degree in English and has completed City and Guilds courses in creative quilt-making and embroidery.

The inspiration for Meta’s work comes from within and her way of working is constantly evolving and developing. Much like any artistic endeavor, often the plan made at the starting point is adjusted and adapted along the way. But she is driven by impatience and persistence to an end result and if something isn’t working she is happy to unstitch and start from scratch. She always works with music in the background (either contemporary or classical), which she believes subconsciously influences the outcome of her work.

Meta’s work can be viewed at greeninthemiddle.nl, but here she tells us about her latest project Galleribba. Galleribba is an online gallery for small wall art by international fiber and mixed media artists; the perfect platform to find affordable textile artwork for sale. It has 36 members and is growing all the time.

Meta Heemskerk – Galleribba online gallery

Galleribba gallery – Various artists 2

Small art for the wall

I started Galleribba in June 2012. My original idea was for it to be a gallery for work, which would fit the Ikea Ribba frames, hence the name Galleribba. But it soon became apparent that this would be too restrictive for artists. Now the only condition is for the work to be no larger than 30cm on both sides. Galleribba displays pieces that can be framed and others that are already framed or mounted on canvas. Some of my favourites include small quilts with hanging sleeves.

The nice thing about Galleribba is that some members are established artists and others are newcomers. Most of the artists joined by invitation, but I’ve also accepted submissions from artists who have approached me about being represented on the site.

Meta Heemskerk – Galleribba online gallery

Galleribba gallery – Various artists 3

The beauty of art

I’m delighted with the success of Galleribba so far, particularly as it’s in its infancy. We’ve achieved sales and I’m hoping that the business will continue to grow and flourish. My main motivation for the site, however, isn’t money. It’s so inspiring for me to have brought together such a wide collection of diverse and beautiful art in one place. It also works as a great promotional tool for the artists featured on the site. Visitors to the site come from all over the world and in ever-increasing numbers. I think that’s the beauty of art; there is no language barrier.

Meta  Heemskerk

For more information please visit Galleribba.com

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