10 mixed media textile artists
Mixed media textile artists
Mixed media textile art is one of the most exciting and experimental areas within the textile and fiber art world. What makes it such a compelling and appealing medium for these innovative artists is its combinatory nature, meaning that it can be made of anything. This diverse variety often blurs the lines between numerous disciplines and materials.
In this article we take a look at the work of 10 such mixed media textile artists.
Korean artist June Lee’s haunting mixed media installations deal with uncompromising subjects such as isolation and alienation. Her brightly coloured sculptures are created by wrapping plaster casts in thread and fabric. These unique patterns and colours represent individuality and estrangement from society. Through her work June explores the phenomena of the Bystander effect, in which individuals do not offer help to a victim when in the presence of others.
For more information please visit: www.junelee.kr
A collector by nature, Jan Miller investigates the old to create the new. Based in Norwich her work is rooted in the culture of repair and recycle using photographs, textiles, ephemera and other objects infused with inherent connections, experiences and memories. Jan’s background in science and family history of home dressmaking informs and enriches her artwork. To construct this ‘patched work’ Jan uses natural dyes, inks and powders to accentuate the manipulation, folding, creases and incisions she has made.
For more information please visit: www.textilestudygroup.co.uk/members/jan-miller
Shannon Weber’s avant-garde woven objects and mixed media sculptures combine stitching, weaving, wax, hand painted acrylic layers and cold connections. She sources obscure materials such as sea kelp, burnt wood, rocks, and even vintage board game pieces for use in her art. Shannon is currently involved in a project called ‘Peace by Piece’ which focuses on the creation of art using the debris collected from a town battered by Hurricane Sandy.
For more information please visit: www.shannonweber.com
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, mixed media textile artist Deidre Adams now works and lives in Colorado. She is inspired by the quiet beauty and the light and colour of the southwestern landscape as well as by its beautiful yet unforgiving environment. Deidre’s work focuses on the study of shape, colour, texture and mark-making.
For more information please visit: www.deidreadams.com
Chester artist Ann Goddard’s exquisite art combines the Fine Art and Fine Craft disciplines of sculpture and textiles. Often working with opposing materials, Ann juxtaposes textile elements such as felted fibres, fabric and stitch with harder components like concrete, wood, metal or natural materials. Subjects explored within her work reference the boundaries between genres, between art and craft, between men and women’s work, and those in the landscape. She creates mixed media constructions, assemblages and small installations.
Read our interview with Ann: Textile artist inspired by nature.
Our featured artist article on Ann: Featured artist Ann Goddard – Crafting & conceptualising.
For more information please visit: www.62group.org.uk/artist/ann-goddard/
Describing her work as ‘faded, frayed… pieced and layered’, Gizelle Warbuton’s abstract compositions has its origins in stitched cloths. Her fragile yet bold aesthetic is created through the use of collage or assemblage with cloth, paper, thread, wood and paint. Gizelle finds pleasure in the tactile and contemplative process of drawing with paper cloth and thread. Her work often leads to different outcomes whether it be framed, hanging or sculptural artworks or installations.
For more information please visit: www.gizellakwarburton.co.uk
Born in Sri Lanka and now living in the UK, Sumi Perrera has led a varied working life in both the East and West as a doctor, scientist and now as an artist. Making use of both traditional and digital printmaking processes Sumi’s art often manifests itself in the form of an artist book. She combines stitch, hand and laser cut techniques with materials such as paper, fabric, leather, glass, ceramic, metal and wood. Her work is held public collections worldwide including Tate Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum & Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Sumi’s work ‘Clothes Encounters’ is the featured image at the beginning of the article.
Read our interview with Sumi: Sumi Perera interview: The importance of process
For more information please visit: www.saatchiart.com/sumiperera
Rebecca R. Medel
Working from her studio in Tucson, Arizona, Rebecca Medel has developed a personal off-loom technique to create her celestial works. Themes in Rebecca’s work include the exploration of light through the grid structure, the cosmos, spirals and mazes. Since 2005 her work has moved in a new direction using digital prints on cotton or organza, embroidered with silk floss and/or glass beads. From 1980-2005 Rebecca employed the ancient technique of knotted netting with resist dyed linen or cotton threads.
For more information please visit: Rebecca R. Medel’s website
Questioning the boundaries of Fine and Applied Arts, Michelle Stephens challenges conventions with her installations, wall mounted works and small scale sculptural objects. The exploration of line and structure is central to this, using it to develop new perspectives and abstracted weave techniques. Michelle’s geometric yet organic work incorporates computer laser cutting, paint, textiles, wood and metal.
Exploring and inventing is at the heart of Michael Brennan-Wood’s practice. Most recently working with the traditions of floral imagery, Michael works with computerised machine embroidery, acrylic paint, wood, glass and collage. His dedication to working in contested areas of textiles has seen him focus on embroidery, pattern, lace and floral imagery. He is internationally recognised for his work as a visual artist, curator, lecturer and arts consultant.
For more information please visit: www.brennand-wood.com
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