Print textile artists

Print textile artists

It’s an endless source of fascination talking to textile artists about their methods and the range of techniques they employ to create their own unique style. Some stick to conventional and traditional ways of making, whilst others are more experimental in their approach.

In the first in a series of articles exploring artists who use specific techniques, we take a look at some of our favourite textile artists, all very different in style, who create print textile art.

Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor

Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor is a print textile artist

Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor – Emerge detail

Glasgow-based interviewee Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor has become famous for her expertise as a printmaker and designer. She’s the author of the highly successful book Dyeing and Screen-printing on Textiles.

Her work encompasses a wide range of textile practises, such as architectural commissions, one-off gallery pieces, and three ranges of domestic linens.

In her work, Joanna hopes to capture a specific atmosphere, environment or moment.

For more information about Joanna visit

Read our interview with Joanna here.

Ruth Issett

Ruth Issett uses print and textile techniques

Ruth Issett – Equal on All 4 Sides

Ruth Issett’s work as a print textile artist embraces her passion for the use of colour and she takes her inspiration from observing various environments. The combination of textile techniques utilized by the artist, include dyeing, printing, painting collage and stitch, and she works on both paper and fabric. The unique quality of her work comes from a desire to explore colour and its impact on various media, surface and technique.

Ruth has a B.A. in Fashion/Textiles and is highly sought-after to share her expertise in workshops and courses, which has taken her all over the world. More recently though she has prioritized her own work and set up a studio with print, dyeing and stitching areas.

Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker is a textile design who uses stitch and digital print

Rachel Parker – The Printed Stitch Collection

Rachel Parker’s work caught our eye at the Knitting and Stitching Show and since then she’s taken part in an interview for which explored her training as a textile designer, and written us a wonderful review of the site.

In 2012 she graduated from Norwich University College of the Arts with a First Class Degree in Textiles.

Her work is multi-disciplinary in that it often involves painting, drawing, digital print and stitching. The biggest influences on her working practice are cross-stitching, grids and symbols.

To find out more about Rachel you can visit

Read our interview with Rachel here.

Rachel Reynolds

Rachel Reynolds - lino printed & screen printed background patterns, combined with hand drawings

Rachel Reynolds – lino printed & screen printed background patterns, combined with hand drawings

Rachel Reynold’s eye-catching and contemporary body of work as a print textile artist and designer is created for domestic and commercial interiors. It consists of bespoke hand painted and screen printed textiles.

Rachel is a recent graduate, having completed an MA in textile design at Winchester School of Art.

Hand drawn elements are at the forefront of Rachel’s work, used in partnership with traditional screen-printing techniques. She also embraces new technology by combining hand drawn and collaged details with digitally printed aspects.

Her collection includes designs for fabrics, wall coverings and Perspex.

Visit for more information about the artist.

Sue Hotchkis

Sue Hotchkis is a textile artist who uses mixed media techniques such as screen pritning.

Sue Hotchkis – Unseen Beauty

Sue Hotchkis is a contemporary fibre artist who uses printed and stitched elements to create unique abstracts. We were lucky enough to interview Sue and she gave us a fascinating insight into her process for creating print textile art.

Sue cites the surrounding environment as her major influence and she is attracted to what others may deem insignificant. Her work embraces the imperfections of natural ageing and decay, and has been inspired by such things as weathered wood, crumbling plaster and peeling paint.

Sue works very intuitively; she responds and adapts throughout the creation of a piece.

To find out more about Sue visit

Read our interview with Sue here.

Sheila Mortlock

Print textile artist and embroiderer Sheila Mortlock

Sheila Mortlock – Marks in Time

Sheila Mortlock has held a lifelong interest in fabric, yarn, texture, colour and textile techniques and her career as a textile artist has focused greatly on printed textiles and embroidery.

Recently, she has found herself moving towards a more painterly way of working and has been exploring the creation of unique fabrics through embellishment and stitch. She is particularly inspired by the textural effects that can be created as a basis for stitch.

Sheila has exhibited greatly with Edge – Textile artists of Scotland and Embryo, the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art textile group.

You can find out more about Sheila by visiting

Clare Burchell

A textile artist using printing techniques

Clare Burchell – Textile artist

Clare Burchell graduated from the University College of the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, with a Textiles BA Honours degree, focusing on silk screen printing.

She uses both paper and a selection of silks and cottons in her screen-printing work and the use of colour is vital to her process. She often overlaps diverse colours, and utilizes repeat patterns to give her work its unique and vibrant quality.

Her textile art has been featured in the New Designers exhibition in London and she has been greatly inspired by her work with textile designer and screen-printer Mirjam Rouden.

Sumi Perera

Sumi Perera is a interviewee and highly respected artist

Sumi Perera – Clothes Encounters

Contemporary textile artist and print-maker Sumi Perera’s work is renowned for encompassing her experiences in the East and West as a doctor, scientist and artist.

We were lucky enough to chat to Sumi in one of our earliest interviews. Since then we’ve seen Sumi’s work in several exhibitions and it’s never ceased to impress us.

Her work has been shown at several of the world’s major galleries including Tate Britain, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and PrintROOM in Rotterdam.

Read our interview with Sumi here.

Cassandra Harrison

Cassandra Harrison is a print-maker and textile designer

Cassandra Harrison – Castle Market Print

Print textile artist Cassandra Harrison is passionate about textures, textiles, and printmaking.

Originally from Nebraska, she graduated in Fine Art and Art Education. Following this she taught for a couple of years before moving to the UK, where she created artwork on commission, illustrated children’s books and started her own business.

Cassandra takes her inspiration from architecture and views in whichever city she happens to currently be residing in; the influences of London and Edinburgh are present in much of her work.

You can find out more about Cassandra at

Who is your favourite print textile artist or designer? Are they listed? If not, tell us about them by leaving a comment below.

Monday 28th, November 2022 / 12:14

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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14 comments on “Print textile artists”

  1. Julie says:

    Thank you for providing such an inspirational website. I used to work in the textile printing industry. My job was to prepare the artwork for printing on yardage and t.shirts. I have the experience in plate making/ colour separation. I am able to work on yardage and placement designs, the thing is I have been out of the industry for nearly 20 years and I would like to get back into it. I have 10 years industry experience, but all my work was done by hand, using rotary pens, brushes and opaque. Apparently the design technique has changed through the years, and I was wondering could somebody suggest what I may need to do to work in the industry again. It’s all I’ve ever known and that’s what I feel most comfortable doing. I am even quite happy to do freelance work which I have done in the past.

    • Claudia Foecking says:

      Hello Julie,

      Just read your comment from 2015 now. Is there an e-mail address/name I could use to reach out to you?

      Keep smiling,

  2. Lovely selection of textile artists here!
    Becky Howson was actually my lecturer at college.. wonderful to see her featured on your post.
    Since then I have got my degree in Printed Textiles and Surface Design, and started my own print design business based in Shrewsbury!
    I too love the mixed media that these textile artists use, perhaps merging the barriers between print and surface exploration should be a theme in our next collection… feeling inspired.

    Great post!
    Regards, Laura Hart
    Founder of Surface House

  3. nikita says:

    Since you fail to mention it, Ruth Issett is also an author of several amazing books, including my favorite “Color on Paper and Fabric”.

  4. Dear Nikita, calm yourself

  5. Peta Lloyd says:

    I’d love to see more about Julie Ryder – an Australian textile artist who prints botanical images using natural dyes as well as digital design, handprinted, also cyanotype printing. You can see some Julie’s work on Instagram julierydertextiles. – Peta

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