Delve into the minds of 50 of the world's most innovative and inspiring textile and fiber artists
Are you an artist working with fiber and textiles? If so, we know just how passionate you are. You're constantly seeking undiscovered spheres of influence. Striving to push the boundaries of your materials and techniques. Staying open to new directions and possibilities. Hungry for inspiration.
So how do you feed that hunger for inspiration?
One of the best ways to kickstart your creativity is by diving into the minds of those artists you most admire.
That's where TextileArtist.org come in!
On your behalf, over the past 3 years we've interviewed over 300 top names from the world of contemporary textile and fiber. You've been eager to discover their secrets. How did they find their artistic voice? How do they harness textile techniques to create their distinctive brand of art? How have they overcome personal challenges to break through and find success?
We know from our audience's feedback that artists just like you have found these insights invaluable in shaping their own creative paths.
- Are you a student looking to spark your curiosity?
- An experienced practitioner seeking to expand your frame of reference?
- Or are you rediscovering your passion for textiles later in life?
No matter where you are on your artistic journey, taking inspiration and learning from innovators in your field can help you tap into your own potential, open your mind to new ways of thinking and take your work in previously unexplored and unexpected directions.
Introducing "Textiles Re:imagined", the ultimate in inspiration
Textiles Re:imagined will take you on a journey of discovery as you share in the stories of 50 diverse artists, all of whom demonstrate excellence in workmanship and design. This is your "behind the scenes" pass into how the artists got to where they are today, what inspires them and the processes they use to create their breathtakingly beautiful work. Immerse yourself in a world of possibility within the realm of textile and fiber art and embrace the freedom to explore new concepts and ideas.
In compiling this book for you and other passionate, creative people just like you, we sought to challenge preconceptions about what constitutes ‘textile art’. The work of the 50 featured artists honours tradition in many cases, but is always innovative, exciting and contemporary. By covering such a wide and varied range of materials and techniques (including embroidery, sculpture, basketry, beading, printing, dyeing, weaving and much more), our aim is that you’ll be inspired to experiment and push the boundaries of your own practice.
And of course, as fiber art is a visual medium there’s a huge array of sumptuously vibrant images of the artists’ work to stimulate you further.
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Over 350 of images of breathtaking Textiles Re:imagined
What can I expect from Textiles Re:imagined?
- Be inspired by the stories of 50 leading textile artists
- Discover how their journey into the world of fiber began
- Spark your creativity by delving into the processes they use to create their stunning mixed media art work
- Expand your frame of reference by sharing in their major influences and what inspires them in their daily practice
- Indulge in stunning and sumptuously inspiring images of the artists' work
- Open your mind to new possibilities and feel empowered to push the boundaries of your own work by exploring a breathtaking range of materials, techniques and outcomes
- Ideal for students of textile art & design, enthusiasts and experienced artists seeking to explore a diverse range of new influences
- 50 fascinating chapters covering over 450 pages, including over 350 images
What do you have in common with these 3 textile artists?
Have you ever felt creatively stifled? Or that you're struggling to find your artistic voice? You're not alone - most successful artists have faced similar challenges.
Only after 15 years of experimentation with various methods, none of which felt “right”, did Jennifer find her unique voice. Papers are used in place of traditional textiles to create “fabrics” and then treated as if cloth, with the main skill employed being stitch. Although patently contemporary in outcome, the work is rooted firmly in traditional textile techniques.
Jan has a background in commercial art, but years of meticulous planning and showing “sketch upon sketch” eventually led to a feeling of being creatively restricted. Having now discovered her true calling, which she calls “Free range beading" , Jan never feels the need to map out her designs. The outcome is always a surprise: "Making art without a net! That’s for me!”
Barbara’s preference for working with found objects, mostly from around the home, has at times caused frustration. But learning to embrace the constraints of her materials led to a break-through in inspiration. A careful stewardship of resources often acts as a catalyst: “It gets me thinking about what I can do with them; manipulating materials, finding out how they behave individually, how they perform as a group, what kind of fastening works.”
The work of these 3 artists has little in common, but they’ve all overcome creative blocks and gone on to innovate in their fields, producing art that is characteristic of their own unique voices. Jennifer Collier has been the recipient of several coveted awards and her work has been featured in international publications such as Vogue, Red, and Selvedge. Jan Huling has exhibited widely throughout the USA and was the winner of the annual Lyons Wier Art Bazaar award. Barbara Cotterell is now a member of the renowned Material Space group and has shown her work at galleries across the UK
- Through a prolonged period of experimentation with ’traditional’ media, Jennifer went on to discover a distinctive style all of her own, using just one basic material – paper.
- Rather than being restricted by a well-worn approach, Jan discarded her sketchbook and dived straight into making. Trusting her instincts led to her signature beaded sculptures.
- Barbara embraced the restrictions of found materials and they became integral to her work, giving it a unique voice that could only be hers.
Have you ever faced adversity in your journey as an artist? Ever been sidetracked from the one thing you’re more passionate about than anything else? You’re in great company.
In his early 30s, Pate hit what he describes as “a big emotional and spiritual wall.” He came to the realisation that he had no idea who he was. Pate had convinced himself that he was unable to create art, take classes, or be part of an exhibition. To overcome these crippling feelings of inadequacy and find the dormant artist inside, Pate needed to harness his fears and start asking big questions such as “What have I told myself I cannot do?”.
A career in textile art seemed unlikely for Penny. Her family had no interest in art, and the school she attended was very academic, placing more focus on Latin and higher Mathematics. She left school believing she was totally “un-artistic” and went on to study medicine, working as a doctor until the 1980s. It was at this point that Penny began pursuing an interest in traditional embroidery, a hobby that would eventually lead her in a completely unexpected direction.
Simone de Groot
From around the age of six, Simone was set on being an artist; she spent her days drawing and painting and had already decided that one day she would go to Art school. When the time came for further education, her parents’ concerns about the lack of financial stability associated with the life of an artist forced Simone down a different path. She became sidetracked and took a job as an office manager. But her instinctive passion for creativity was too strong and eventually won over when she committed full-time to a career as an artist.
All three of these artists (each from very different backgrounds) faced adversity before hitting upon their path and pushing through to find success. Pate Conaway is now an established conceptual textile artist and has shown his work in various museums and galleries, schools, universities, and churches. Penny Burnfield is a member of the prestigious 62 Group of Textile Artists and uses her her formal training as a doctor to inform her work. Simone de Groot has exhibited her textile art widely throughout her native Netherlands and has also enjoyed great success as a curator.
Who are TextileArtist.org?
We’re Joe and Sam Pitcher, sons of textile artist Sue Stone. Mum’s passion, grit and determination and eventually her success as an artist inspired us to start TextileArtist.org. Our aim is to provide unparalleled motivation and guidance for those working in the textile and fiber arts. Over at TextileArtist.org, you’ll find over 250 artist interviews, resources that can be used to channel your creativity, and career-enhancing articles by professionals offering advice on a range of related subjects.
What others say about Textiles Re:imagined
"I can't recommend it enough!"
“If you’re a fan of embroidered art or you’re in a position to teach and share exciting art with people, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of Textiles Re:imagined. I cannot recommend it enough!”
"Beautiful and inspiring!"
"I absolutely love this book. What I found particularly appealing is that the reader is given an insight into the thoughts of each artist as they discuss how it all began, what inspires them and their processes and practises. Fascinating reading for artists of all levels!
The innovative work of the 50 artists profiled in the book is simply amazing and so inspirational. The photography and layout are outstanding and its digital format is easy to read on my tablet.
A beautiful book and a beautiful tribute to a much loved and admired mother by her sons, authors Joe and Sam Pitcher."
"This book is full of inspiration. I feel that I have had the opportunity to visit one of the best mixed media museums in the world and have browsed and read and mused for hours over this ebook. Do yourself a favour, if you love mixed media you will love this book"
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"An excellent book, which I read on my iPad. The layout has been designed with iPad/Kindle technology in mind, which makes the book easy to read on a device. Love the layout, the content and superb photos. Each artist speaks of her/his inspiration and the products and processes used in their work. On first reading I got as far as Polly Pollock – found her work quite inspirational & took a look at her website. There I discovered she teaches at the City Lit, London and am now enrolled on her Basketry Project course. The book is already taking me in new directions. A beautiful book, which is great to have at hand on the iPad ready to dip in to."
A visual feast
This must be the textile e-book of the year, if not the decade. The fifty artists selected represent a breathtaking variety of innovation in textile art. The accounts of the influences which shape each artist's work are fascinating and revealing, and discussion of working methods will be of interest not only to students of textile art, sculpture, mixed media and other modes of visual expression but to art lovers everywhere. The production values are very high, design of the publication superb, and the works presented are beautifully photographed.
A thoroughly enjoyable read
"I'm an amateur textile artist and was looking for some inspiration when I came across this brilliant book which I downloaded onto my ipad. The artists featured are truly wonderful and awe inspiring. The book has a very sumptuous feel to it, like having your own private viewing. Also it was fascinating to read the history behind each artist and where they find their inspiration. Congratulations to Joe and Sam Pitcher and thanks."
But isn’t reading the book going to waste even more time when I could be creating?
Remember, the book will be yours forever – you can dip in and out of it as and when you find yourself needing inspiration. And we’re confident it will fuel your creative process, pushing you to be bolder and expand the boundaries of what’s possible in your chosen medium. So, a small investment in time could take your work onto a new level.
I’m not sure I can afford it!
We're so confident that Textiles Re:imagined offers incredible value for money that we’re offering you a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not inspired by the work of these incredible artists and motivated to take your own work in new directions.
Why is Textiles Re:imagined only available digitally?
If you’re a fan of printed books then no doubt you’re asking why Textiles Re:imagined is only available as an ebook. Well, there are a few reasons:
We’re a young organization, but we have high standards. We don’t yet have the funds to guarantee a beautifully printed, high spec product and we’re not prepared to compromise on quality.
The electronic format offers a few advantages over its printed counterpart such as searchability, interactive bookmarking, zoomable high resolution images, embedded links and it’s better for the environment!
The PDF format also allows you to access your book across all platforms, including desktop and laptop computers, smartphone, iPhone, tablet, iPad or e-reader. This means you can read it at home, while you’re travelling or away from your desk without lugging a bulky book with you.
We understand that some say “digital just isn’t the same as a printed book”, so for those of you who feel this way we’re offering an incentive to go digital. If you purchase the ebook, and we eventually do release the printed version (you’ll be the first to know), you’ll be able to purchase it for less than everyone else. In fact, we’ll give you the price of the ebook off the cost of the printed version. And ultimately a printed edition is really dependent on the success of the digital, so by purchasing the digital edition you’re also placing a vote towards the physical version. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed if you do!
Thank you for spending the time to read about Textiles Re:imagined. We're passionate about textile art and want to share that passion with you. To that end, we invite you to dive into the world of 50 of the most extraordinary fiber artists working today - we know that you'll be inspired by what you find.
PS. But, I urge you to hurry. This 50% discount is for a limited time only. And once it expires, it may never be repeated again.