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Kim Thittichai: Designing through process

Kim Thittichai: Designing through process

Kim Thittichai is a textile artist and tutor living on the west coast of County Clare, Ireland. Having worked through most of the traditional techniques Kim finds herself drawn to experimentation and layering technique. She created and delivered her own course entitled Experimental Textiles. What was originally written as a 1-year course, quickly…

Textile archives: Inspiring the makers of tomorrow

Textile archives: Inspiring the makers of tomorrow

Andrea Aranow has had a lifelong passion for textiles. In the 1970s and 80s she travelled to Peru, China, and Japan, collecting garments and swatches and selling her collections to world-renown museums. In 1987 Aranow came to New York and set up a small studio, Andrea Aranow Textile Documents, selling…

Louise O’Hara: Evoking memories

Louise O’Hara: Evoking memories

Louise O’Hara is a professional mixed media artist. Her work explores the richness of light, the colour and the texture that she sees around. Often focusing on rugged northern landscapes with brooding skies and lighter coastal scenes that are based on the memory of a place or a childhood holiday. Each…

Paulina Ortiz: Art that inspires

Paulina Ortiz: Art that inspires

Paulina Ortiz is an artist, designer, and president of the Ibero-American Textile Network. She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts and is currently working as Professor of Textile Art and Design at the National University of Costa Rica. Read TextileArtist.org’s interview with Paulina…

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….

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…

Ann Brauer: Tool kit

Ann Brauer: Tool kit

Ann Brauer has been combining the traditions of quilt making and contemporary concepts of art to create her abstract landscapes for the last 34 years. In this article, Ann selects 5 tools that she uses to make her beautiful designs. We learn about their place and importance in her practice, where…

Finding clarity in your creative process

Finding clarity in your creative process

This is the story of Janie. Janie has just celebrated her 57th birthday. She’s an ‘aspiring’ textile artist. ‘Aspiring’ because she tends to ‘look’ rather than ‘do’. She spends hours browsing textile art online and ends up beating herself up for not being as skilled as the ‘professionals’. She’s filled with insecurities about…

The artistic power of appliqué

The artistic power of appliqué

appliqué  |əˈpliːkeɪ| noun decorative work in which one piece of cloth is sewn or fixed onto another What do you think when you hear the word ‘appliqué’? The dictionary definition doesn’t quite do it for me. I guess, in the most basic terms, it’s accurate. But appliqué is so much…

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