Best of TextileArtist.org: Top 10 articles of all time
Welcome to another edition of our Best of TextileArtist.org series, in which we take a retrospective look at some of our most successful and inspirational content.
Every year TextileArtist.org strives to bring you stimulating interviews and articles. Our aim is to inspire you on your textile journey, or keep you on track in this unique and fascinating world. We understand working at home or in a studio can sometimes be isolating and frustrating. It’s at times like these we hope to bring you content that resonants and inspires your creativity. We also aim to cater for the art enthusiast who wishes to learn about top textile artists and what influences them. Here are our top 10 articles that attempt to fulfil this need.
10 Contemporary Embroidery Artists
This article was published in June 2014 and to date has been viewed by almost 45,000 people. It sets out to dispel myths that surround embroidery as as technique, it being either twee or conservative. A new generation of textile and mixed media artists, of all ages, are using both machine and hand stitch to challenge these preconceptions.
Here we introduce you to 10 contemporary embroidery artists who combine traditional techniques with new mediums and methods to create fresh and original artwork. The comments left for us speak for themselves:
“Very beautiful all of them….they give me new inspirations!” – Heru Notodirjo
“Inspiring work. Full of ideas to take you new areas of creativity.” – Joanne Agioritis
Textile artists inspired by nature
Creating something beautiful from seemingly mundane or unremarkable aspects of life was the subject we wished to explore in this piece. It’s not unusual to explore nature in art, yet our fascination with seas, wildlife, forests and the sky continues to inspire, surprise and delight.
In this article we talk to 5 artists who take their inspiration from the natural world and discover why for them it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Over 30,000 of you have read about them so far and enjoyed looking at the remarkable images that accompany this piece.
Print textile artists
Whether an artist is pushing the envelope of methods and techniques used, or creating stunning images by employing conventional ways of making, we love talking to them and sharing their thoughts with you. Here we discuss the pleasures of print textile art with 10 wonderfully different practitioners in this field.
5 contemporary felt artists
Over 25,000 clicked on this piece from January 2014. The art of felting is growing in popularity and we wanted to explore this medium and find out just how exciting artwork primarily made from felt can be.
Here we introduce you to 5 contemporary felt textile artists and bring you images of their work that has to be seen to be believed. A majority of you wanted to add many more names to the list, which just goes to prove how exciting and seductive this field of textile art has become:
“All this stuff in felt is mind-blowingly brilliant!” – Cas Holmes
5 sculpture artists using textile techniques
From rope sculptor Judy Tadman, who creates large-scale abstract works by using crocheting techniques, to Parisian sculptor Karine Jollet, who’s art is made from fabrics recycled from old bed sheets and shirts to create startlingly accurate depictions of the body, our appitite for mixed media sculpture is huge. It allows a broad array of issues to be discussed and here we take a look at 5 brilliant artists and their artwork that has the ‘wow’ factor.
Floral textile artists
It’s back to nature with this piece from October 2013 where we take a look at floral art work and ask why the simple flower has longevity as a popular design choice. We discover that despite it’s long standing usage there’s no shortage of innovative ways for artists to explore this imagery. Here 5 top artists in this field highlight new and fascinating methods of bringing such a storied motif to life.
“Nice to see a gathering of artists with a common theme. Please do more.” – Ann Roth
Textile artists using recycled materials
One man’s trash is another man’s, or woman’s, treasure; as is the case with these 6 diverse textile artists doing incredible things with recycled materials. Paper, clothing, old photos pretty much anything domestic or industrial is up for grabs and heavenly material for these featured artists to make their astonishing work. Breathing new life into stuff that has already told a story in a previous existence.
6 abstract textile artists
We wanted to celebrate the work of some extraordinary artists working in the world of abstraction and so we published this article in 2014. Focusing on 6 abstract textile artists we look at their preferred processes and techniques and select some tantalising images of their bold and unique designs. Well worth a read if you fancy dipping your toe into a less literal world.
Landscape textile art
Landscapes have long been a source of inspiration for artists, but within the realm of textiles they take on a whole new life. The use of fiber, stitch, print and mixed media techniques opens up a range of possibilities for interpreting texture, light, colour and form. In this article we feature 8 contemporary textile artists capturing landscapes in ever-more inventive ways.
10 mixed media textile artists
Both exciting and experimental, mixed media textile art is a fast growing form of expression for textile artists wishing to blur the lines between disciplines and techniques. In this article we look at 10 artists from around the world who have taken this technique to a new level. The photos which accompany the piece prove how liberating it can be.
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