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Julie French: The unpredictable nature of stitch

Julie French: The unpredictable nature of stitch

Using the sewing machine as a tool for continuous line drawing, Julie’s work explores movement and texture with often unpredictable outcomes, which have been likened to ink illustration. Her work focuses on the wild side of nature, dance and motion. Each piece is unique and one off. The speed and…

Richard McVetis: From conception to creation

Richard McVetis: From conception to creation

Richard McVetis’ artistic practice centres on his training as an embroiderer through the use of traditional hand stitch techniques and mark making. Using laboured and meticulously worked wools and multiples of embroidered dots and crosses, he explores the similarities between pen on paper and thread on fabric, using a limited…

Gary Dickins: Hidden talent

Gary Dickins: Hidden talent

Gary Dickins was born in London in 1962 and moved to Somerset in 1972. In 2004, Gary started working from a shared studio space in the Blackdown Hills in East Devon. In 2010 he constructed a purpose built studio in his garden, he now works at his home in Somerset. As…

Cas Holmes: From conception to creation

Cas Holmes: From conception to creation

Cas Holmes is one of the UK’s best-known textile artists with works in public and private collections. The world of travel has been a constant throughout Cas’ adult life to work and study, researching in Japan, India and Canada. As she points out in her book , Batsford, 2015, that…

Randy Walker: Thread held in tension

Randy Walker: Thread held in tension

Randy Walker originally studied Architecture at the University of Oregon and as an artist has completed temporary and permanent commissions all across the United States of America. The recipient of many grants and awards Randy’s work straddles precariously on several boundaries: solidity and transparency; structural stability and collapse; visibility and…

Gordano Textile Artists: Natural Selection

Gordano Textile Artists: Natural Selection

Gordano Textile Artists, from the Bristol area of the UK, is a group of 13 who have been meeting and exhibiting for 22 years. They first formed after the founder members had completed a four-year course in City and Guilds Creative Embroidery and wanted to remain together to meet and…

Cos Ahmet: From conception to creation

Cos Ahmet: From conception to creation

The core of Cos Ahmet’s work is centred on the body. Recurring themes of self, identity, sexuality, gender and memory, are emotive features in much of his work, displayed as a complex set of body dialogues. Since his successful exhibition Thread Is A Thought, supported by Theo Moorman Trust for…

Amanda J Clayton: The intimacy of hand-stitching

Amanda J Clayton: The intimacy of hand-stitching

Hand stitching has had somewhat of a renaissance over the last five years, however, it has always been an integral aspect of the work and process of textile artist Amanda J Clayton. The intimate connections that hand-stitch has with aspects of femininity and traditional gender norms are always prescient, however,…

Barbara Lee Smith: Viva Arte Viva, 2017 Venice Biennale

Barbara Lee Smith: Viva Arte Viva, 2017 Venice Biennale

The 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva is now in full flow at Arsenale and Giardini venues, and in several locations in Venice, Italy. With 120 invited artists exhibiting, 103 of these are participating for the first time. An irresistible event for Textile artist Barbara Lee Smith who took herself off to the City…

Lesley Richmond: From conception to creation

Lesley Richmond: From conception to creation

Lesley Richmond was born in Cornwall, England and now lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She received her art teachers training in London and her MEd in the USA. She taught in the textile arts program at Capilano University, Vancouver from 1973 to 2003 while continuing her practice as a studio…

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