Resources

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Textile and fiber resources

With over 200 artist interviews now under our belt we thought it’d be helpful to have a list of recommended resources that the pros use. We’ll continue to add to and amend this list as we discover more from the very best of the textile and fiber world. Enjoy!

Please note: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This means, with no extra cost to you, we earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase through our links. Everything on this page comes highly recommended by the artists we interview and are useful in aiding the careers of textile and fiber artists. We want to be clear that anything that has made it onto this list is here because it is helpful and not because of the small commission we make should you buy something. If you do decide to buy something through one of the affiliate links, thank you for your support!

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Most recommended

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Bluehost: We highly recommend Bluehost for web hosting your artist website – it’s affordable, reliable, has great customer service and is easy to set up with a 1-click automatic WordPress installation. Check out our Ultimate guide to building an artist website using Bluehost:  www.textileartist.org/registering-domain-name-hosting-site

 

3D mixed media textile art

3D Mixed Media Textile Art Book: Our first book explores the fascinating and diverse world of mixed media sculpture, as well as fiber art incorporating 3-dimensional elements, through the eyes of 50 practitioners working in this field. An inspirational resource for both students and seasoned practitioners alike.

Available at Amazon on Kindle, iBooks for iPad and Gumroad for the PDF version.

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Courses

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Online textile workshops with Dionne Swift: A range of practical online courses from renowned textile artist and tutor Dionne Swift. Topics include Developing Sketchbooks, Drawing for Textiles and Silk Screen Printing.

TextileArtist.org Ultimate guide to building an artist website: Our FREE step-by-step guide to building your own artist website. We’ve made this guide as simple as possible so anyone with even the most basic computer skills can make their own artist website.

 

 

Craft Business Starter Kit: Although this is aimed at crafters, many of the principles apply to promoting and selling your work online. This comprehensive course includes 6 classes: Build a Successful Creative Blog, Start a Handmade Business, Sell Your Products to Retailers, Marketing for Crafters: How to Talk About Your Work, Marketing for Crafters: Building Your Customer Path, Marketing for Crafters: Creating the Right Plan.

Smart PR for artists: How to get the right kind of attention for your art by the Marketing Director of American Apparel and author of ‘Growth Hacker Marketing’, Ryan Holiday.

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Artist Sue Stone’s essential textile books

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Leading artist, Chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and inspiration for starting this site, our mother, Sue Stone recommends her favourite books on textiles.

Machine Stitch Perspectives & Hand Stitch Perspectives: These companion books include a series of stimulating essays on both hand and machine stitch written by prominent textile and fiber practitioners.

Diana Springall – A Brave Eye: About the life, work and impact of Diana Springall, one of the UK’s greatest embroiderers.

Textiles – The Art of Mankind: This book has been recommended more times than any other in our series of artist interviews – an absolute must!

Colour Moves – Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay: Dealing with the colour, print and pattern work of abstract painter, colourist and fashion designer Sonia Delaunay.

Celia Birtwell: A scrapbook of iconic textile designer Celia Birtwell’s colourful and quirky work.

Zandra Rhodes – Textile Revolution: Textiles, drawings, and archival images of one of the most pioneering and influential textile designer of the late 1960s and 1970s, Zandra Rhodes.

Stitch Draw – Design and Technique for Figurative Stitching: Rosie James teaches techniques for figurative stitching with the sewing machine.

Contemporary Appliqué: The best ‘how to’ book on the limitless possibilities of appliqué art.

Connected Cloth – Creating Collaborative Textile Projects: An excellent guide to creating collaborative textile projects by the brilliant Cas Holmes and Anne Kelly.

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Magazines

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The leading magazines in contemporary textile and fiber art.

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Crafts

Embroidery

Fiber art now

Inspirational

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Mollie makes

Pretty nostalgic

Quilting arts

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Selvedge

Surface design journal

Through our hands

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Opportunities

opportunities

The best websites to find out about upcoming exhibitions to submit work to.

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www.a-n.co.uk

www.artnexus.com

www.artsadmin.co.uk

www.artsjobs.org.uk

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www.axisweb.org

www.craftscouncil.org.uk

www.designfactory.org.uk

www.dezeenjobs.com

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www.entrythingy.com

www.theartguide.com

www.thedesigntrust.co.uk

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If you have any suggestions of things you’d like to see on this page then please get in touch using our contact form

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