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1 week ago

Learn to stitch textile landscapes like a master

Learn to stitch textile landscapes like a master

Cas Holmes is world-renown for her ability to combine the worlds of stitch and painting to create incredible textile landscapes. So when she published her book last October, it’s no surprise it was met with great excitement. Textile artists were eager to gain an inside look into her creative process…

2 months ago

Caren Garfen: From conception to creation

Caren Garfen: From conception to creation

Caren Garfen is known for tackling tough topics. She juxtaposes seemingly simple textiles with complex issues like eating disorders to create compelling and informative installation art. Caren’s art does not hang neatly on a wall. Instead, she creates provocative examinations of issues that especially affect women. Her latest installation art…

2 months ago

Discover the elegance of Folk Art

Discover the elegance of Folk Art

Anne Kelly is a Kent based artist, author and tutor. She trained in Canada and at Goldsmiths College in London. She creates multilayered textile collages using vintage and reclaimed fabrics combined with machine and hand-stitching. She was an artist in residence at the Sussex Prairie Garden in West Sussex in…

3 months ago

Marilyn Rathbone: Going for the Gold in textile art

Marilyn Rathbone: Going for the Gold in textile art

Imagine tackling your next textile art project as an athlete would. Setting daily, weekly and monthly goals. Tracking your progress in meeting those goals. Researching and analysing what does and does not work. That’s exactly the challenge textile artist Marilyn Rathbone undertook when the Olympics came to London in 2012….

3 months ago

Lightview Pro XL: I can really see clearly now!

Lightview Pro XL: I can really see clearly now!

A strange thing happened about a year ago: my stitches were getting smaller. Stranger still, neither my technique nor my materials had changed. Not wanting to admit to waning eyesight, I instead decided “lighting” was the problem. So I scoured the Internet for fellow stitchers’ task lamp reviews, and I…

3 months ago

Caroline Bartlett: From conception to creation

Caroline Bartlett:  From conception to creation

Caroline Bartlett could be described as a “historian in stitch.” Her passion for exploring the historical, social and cultural associations of textiles result in art installations that take your breath away. Her work entitled “Stilled” is a prime example. As you’ll discover in this article, every material choice—from threads to…

4 months ago

Emily Jo Gibbs: From conception to creation

Emily Jo Gibbs:  From conception to creation

Emily Jo Gibbs notices the little things, and that’s what makes her work remarkable. Whether noticing the shape of a knobbly stick or the worn handle of a well-used tool, Emily Jo creates hand-stitched textiles with a delicate graphic quality. Emily literally builds layers of sheer beauty, creating simple yet…

4 months ago

Flox den Hartog Jager: Angels and demons in stitch and print

Flox den Hartog Jager: Angels and demons in stitch and print

Like many who pick up a needle and thread, Flox den Hartog Jager was introduced to the practical side of stitch from quite a young age. However, she insists it was her mother’s intellectual pursuit of studying symbols, religion and mythology that has had the greatest influence on her work….

5 months ago

Ailish Henderson: Using fine art techniques in a textile way

Ailish Henderson: Using fine art techniques in a textile way

Until she went to college to study fine art, Ailish Henderson had never picked up a needle. No amount of encouragement from her mother who sewed quite a bit could persuade her to do so. Ailish preferred fine art techniques, especially related to drawing and painting. But after entering college,…

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