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2 weeks ago

Imelda Connolly: Embracing creative confidence

Imelda Connolly: Embracing creative confidence

For the last twenty years, Imelda Connolly harboured a secret dream. The dream of becoming an artist. But with no formal training, she fuelled her passion by creating small textile collages in private, never finding the courage to share what she made. She would while away hours in fabric shops…

3 weeks ago

Joke Lunsing: Questioning creative assumptions

Joke Lunsing: Questioning creative assumptions

In 2013 Joke Lunsing made a decision. To be kind to herself. To focus on her own passion for a while. During her recovery after a successful operation for a stomach, tumour Joke felt she had been given a second chance. She realised that she had been suppressing and ignoring…

4 weeks ago

Ann Vollum: Finding freedom in stitching

Ann Vollum: Finding freedom in stitching

Ann Vollum has been an artist for as long as she can remember. As a child, she loved to paint and make things from felt and fur. But, although she had a yearning to study textile design, the adults in Ann’s life had different ideas. Her teachers (at what she…

1 month ago

Mary Carson: How hand stitch can heal

Mary Carson: How hand stitch can heal

2015 was very tough for Mary Carson. Early in the year, her beloved brother died from brain cancer and in December her mother passed away after suffering from Parkinson’s and dementia. Mary’s world was turned upside down and she struggled to escape her sad thoughts. That’s when she found sanctuary in…

5 months 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…

6 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…

1 year ago

Embracing positivity in your creative practice

Embracing positivity in your creative practice

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…

2 years 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…

2 years 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….

2 years 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…

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