Print textile artists
It’s an endless source of fascination talking to textile artists about their methods and the range of techniques they employ to create their own unique style. Some stick to conventional and traditional ways of making, whilst others are more experimental in their approach.
In the first in a series of articles exploring artists who use specific techniques, we take a look at 10 of our favourite textile artists, all very different in style, who create print textile art.
Glasgow-based TextileArtist.org interviewee Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor has become famous for her expertise as a printmaker and designer. She’s the author of the highly successful book Dyeing and Screen-printing on Textiles.
Her work encompasses a wide range of textile practises, such as architectural commissions, one-off gallery pieces, and three ranges of domestic linens.
In her work, Joanna hopes to capture a specific atmosphere, environment or moment.
For more information about Joanna visit www.joannakinnerslytaylor.com.
Ruth Issett’s work as a print textile artist embraces her passion for the use of colour and she takes her inspiration from observing various environments. The combination of textile techniques utilized by the artist, include dyeing, printing, painting collage and stitch, and she works on both paper and fabric. The unique quality of her work comes from a desire to explore colour and its impact on various media, surface and technique.
Ruth has a B.A. in Fashion/Textiles and is highly sought-after to share her expertise in workshops and courses, which has taken her all over the world. More recently though she has prioritized her own work and set up a studio with print, dyeing and stitching areas.
Rachel Parker’s work caught our eye at the Knitting and Stitching Show and since then she’s taken part in an interview for TextileArtist.org which explored her training as a textile designer, and written us a wonderful review of the site.
In 2012 she graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts with a First Class Degree in Textiles.
Her work is multi-disciplinary in that it often involves painting, drawing, digital print and stitching. The biggest influences on her working practice are cross-stitching, grids and symbols.
To find out more about Rachel you can visit www.rachelparkerdesigns.co.uk.
Rachel Reynold’s eye-catching and contemporary body of work as a print textile artist and designer is created for domestic and commercial interiors. It consists of bespoke hand painted and screen printed textiles.
Rachel is a recent graduate, having completed an MA in textile design at Winchester School of Art.
Hand drawn elements are at the forefront of Rachel’s work, used in partnership with traditional screen-printing techniques. She also embraces new technology by combining hand drawn and collaged details with digitally printed aspects.
Her collection includes designs for fabrics, wall coverings and Perspex.
Visit www.rachel-reynolds.co.uk for more information about the artist.
Sue Hotchkis is a contemporary fibre artist who uses printed and stitched elements to create unique abstracts. We were lucky enough to interview Sue and she gave us a fascinating insight into her process for creating print textile art.
Sue sites the surrounding environment as her major influence and she is attracted to what others may deem insignificant. Her work embraces the imperfections of natural ageing and decay, and has been inspired by such things as weathered wood, crumbling plaster and peeling paint.
Sue works very intuitively; she responds and adapts throughout the creation of a piece.
To find out more about Sue visit www.suehotchkis.com.
Sheila Mortlock has held a lifelong interest in fabric, yarn, texture, colour and textile techniques and her career as a textile artist has focused greatly on printed textiles and embroidery.
Recently, she has found herself moving towards a more painterly way of working and has been exploring the creation of unique fabrics through embellishment and stitch. She is particularly inspired by the textural effects that can be created as a basis for stitch.
Sheila has exhibited greatly with Edge – Textile artists of Scotland and Embryo, the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art textile group.
You can find out more about Sheila by visiting www.sheilamortlock.co.uk.
Clare Burchell graduated from the University College of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, with a Textiles BA Honours degree, focusing on silk screen printing.
She uses both paper and a selection of silks and cottons in her screen-printing work and the use of colour is vital to her process. She often overlaps diverse colours, and utilizes repeat patterns to give her work its unique and vibrant quality.
Her textile art has been featured in the New Designers exhibition in London and she has been greatly inspired by her work with textile designer and screen-printer Mirjam Rouden.
Contemporary textile artist and print-maker Sumi Perera’s work is renowned for encompassing her experiences in the East and West as a doctor, scientist and artist.
We were lucky enough to chat to Sumi in one of our earliest interviews. Since then we’ve seen Sumi’s work in several exhibitions and it’s never ceased to impress us.
Print textile artist Cassandra Harrison is passionate about textures, textiles, and printmaking.
Originally from Nebraska, she graduated in Fine Art and Art Education. Following this she taught for a couple of years before moving to the UK, where she created artwork on commission, illustrated children’s books and started her own business.
Cassandra takes her inspiration from architecture and views in whichever city she happens to currently be residing in; the influences of London and Edinburgh are present in much of her work.
You can find out more about Cassandra at www.cassandraharrison.co.uk.
Becky Howson is a print textile artist and designer based in Birmingham.
Her work takes influences from the ‘ordinary’ and ‘everyday’. Becky has a great passion for screen-printing and embroidery, and the effect that the combination of the two can create.
Becky is also a lecturer in textiles and runs The Dirty Apron Makery which is a celebration of textiles, fashion, sewing and making.
For more information about Becky visit www.beckyhowson.co.uk.
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