Book review: TextileArt Around the World

Book review: TextileArt Around the World

Marjolein Starreveld is an artist and editor for the Dutch magazine Textiel Plus. Here she reviews the latest book offering from Ellen Bakker and her team over at Textile-link.

Monika AuchTextile-link’s TextileArt Around the World brings you the colorful world of textile art. More than 800 photographs display the work of 160 artists from around the globe. The book presents an overview of the various disciplines and techniques from within the textile world, an amazing array of the most imaginative approaches to using felt, chrochet, embroidery and weaving.

Artists from various backgrounds incorporate elements from their disciplines (like painting or graphic design) within their respective textile designs.

Xiaojing Yan

One of them, a young painter Jo Hamilton (recently featured on, brings every-day objects to life, as if “painting” with crochet techniques. Another artist Neta Amir creates her peculiar, but at the same time very intimate puppets, combining traditional textile crafts and skills with photography, painting and even conceptual art.

TextileArt Around the World provides an overview of Contemporary textile art in today’s global art world; it highlights the versatile nature of the artists and artworks in its field. In particular when incorporating traditional approaches, skills and disciplines with contemporary techniques, the outcome is astounding and unique.

Nadya Sheremet

Alongside the work of the artists there are brief artist statements outlining their practice and also a web address. The book provides us with a wonderful, worldwide summary of textile art and its protagonists. This brief dictionary offers plenty of inspiration, not only to artists working in textile, but also to any person with a keen interest in textile art.

There are still many undiscovered talents. Thanks to interactive platforms such as Textile-link and, we keep ourselves informed about the wide and wonderful world of Textile art!

For a brief preview of the publication, please visit TextileArt Around the World.

Textile Art Around the World Book

TextileArt Around the World:

  • Vertical format 280×210 mm
  • Hardcover
  • Over 800 images
  • 168 pages
  • Trilingual edition
  • ISBN 978-90-818476-7-4
  • US$ 47.00 / Euro 37.00 (incl. worldwide  shipping)


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Monday 18th, February 2019 / 16:58

About the author

Joseph Pitcher is the son of textile artist Sue Stone. He is an actor and voice-over artist and has worked at the RSC, the National Theatre, West End theatres and several other leading regional venues across the UK. Find Joe on Google

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