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1 month ago

Zoe Gilbertson: Breaking rules within boundaries.

Zoe Gilbertson: Breaking rules within boundaries.

Using needlepoint and spray paint to create abstract contemporary art. Embroidery artist, lecturer and fashion designer Zoe Gilbertson creates energy-filled abstract art using spray-painted canvas with tapestry wool stitches. Her path into textile art started with an early interest in fashion design and textiles from around the world. She develops…

2 months ago

Conquering ‘blank page’ syndrome

Conquering ‘blank page’ syndrome

You have a ‘heart and soul’ passion for textiles. You long to develop your own visual vocabulary using the stitch techniques you love. You know deep down that you have the potential to express something unique and meaningful through the medium. And yet you find yourself staring hopelessly at a…

9 months ago

Are you a maker or an excuse maker?

Are you a maker or an excuse maker?

6 tips for building a better creative practice At the beginning of every January you make the resolution. “This will be the year I finally take time for me. For my textile practice. For my creativity.” And you start off with a renewed sense of excitement. You’re itching to pick…

1 year ago

Why the ‘I hope it works’ approach to creativity doesn’t work!

Why the ‘I hope it works’ approach to creativity doesn’t work!

And how a system can sustain your process I hope it works! I hope this piece is the one! I hope my personal visual identity will emerge this time! Isn’t hope marvellous? It’s that thing that gets you fired up at the inception of a new idea. The anticipation of…

1 year ago

Textile art sampling 101

Textile art sampling 101

I don’t like buying shoes online. That may seem like a bizarre way to open an article about textile art but stick with me. Looking at pictures on a website, you can get a pretty good idea of the tone of the leather, the height of the heel, the detail of the stitching….

1 year ago

Could sampling be your creative super power?

Could sampling be your creative super power?

Are you one of those textile artists who has constant creative epiphanies? When one artwork is complete, the muse magically appears to deliver a fully formed concept or design for the next. And does that ‘divine intervention’ stay strong and true as you sail through the making process? As you…

1 year ago

Why lack of clarity is destroying your creative confidence

Why lack of clarity is destroying your creative confidence

This is the story of Janie. Janie has just celebrated her 57th birthday. She’s an ‘aspiring’ textile artist. ‘Aspiring’ because she tends to ‘look’ rather than ‘do’. She spends hours browsing textile art online and ends up beating herself up for not being as skilled as the ‘professionals’. She’s filled with insecurities about…

1 year ago

The artistic power of appliqué

The artistic power of appliqué

appliqué  |əˈpliːkeɪ| noun decorative work in which one piece of cloth is sewn or fixed onto another What do you think when you hear the word ‘appliqué’? The dictionary definition doesn’t quite do it for me. I guess, in the most basic terms, it’s accurate. But appliqué is so much…

1 year ago

5 questions to revive your practice & reinvigorate your art

5 questions to revive your practice & reinvigorate your art

A fable Once upon a time there lived a mother and a daughter. The mother loved textiles but hardly found time for her passion. She was too busy looking after her family and holding down a job. The daughter loved textiles too – she’d inherited that from her mother. One…

1 year ago

Creating texture and pattern with stitch

Creating texture and pattern with stitch

Think of a piece of textile art you admire. Really see it in your mind’s eye. Picture the intricacy of the textures. The complexity of the patterns.  Do you feel daunted? Unable to fathom how to start building such beautiful textural effects? Such mesmerising areas of pattern? Take a deep breath and…

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