In this article you will find four exciting textiles artists where colour, form and composition take an important place within their work.
Often when thinking about textiles utility comes to mind. This connotation is largely attributed the medium’s rich history across a variety of cultures, from decorative medieval unicorn tapestries woven from wool and silk thread; to the Kente fabrics of 17th century Ashanti weavers today in Ghana; to Peruvian woven rugs and tapestries of the Quechua tradition. An integral part of community and daily life, textile fabrication has provided people with shelter, costuming, decoration, protection comfort… and has also been used to document and express narrative.
Experimentation is a very important part of the creative process. It is through trying different ways, mixing techniques, combining processes, challenging your thinking that we come up with unexpected and new outcomes, it is the way to move forward. I would like to share a few textile artists with you, that take experimentation very seriously, hoping that they inspire you.
Many Artists and designers use more unconventional techniques and unusual methods, usually from other fields to create their collections. Sometimes using materials or processes that are technology/science led bring very interesting outcomes and new ways of working that can open new doors for the future of Arts and Design.
I usually start working with paper as a medium for drawing and painting, to create collages, folding it to make 3D models… We may live in a digital world, but for creatives using paper has by no means diminished. Folded into origami and kirigami, laser-cut, layered and made into sculptures, artists can transform a humble sheet of old tree into a spectacular artwork.
This September, Chelsea College of Art, showed the best of their MA Textile Design students work. I went to visit the exhibition in the…
Within the context of postmodern critical theory, the primacy of television, and the rampant culture of commodification sweeping America, artists like Bickerton endeavoured to reframe the practice of art production in response to the new, seductive mechanisms of desire at work in society.
Kaarina Kaikkonen studied at the Academy of Fine Arts between 1978 and 1983. She has become one of the leading artists of Finnish art thanks to her work in sculpture and installations using clothing. Her research is primarily distinguished by using old clothes, which are bearers of stories and anonymous memory.
In tutorials with my students we often discuss scale. Many of them are afraid of trying to work large and usually feel more comfortable painting and making on a smaller scale. In this blog post I will show you 3 exciting textile artists and their installations – pieces that exploit the possibilities of textiles on a very large scale.
It is important to choose materials that are fit for purpose. Sometimes the materials we choose can be the beginning of a project and be the main line that guides our work.
Many artists and designers have been inspired by nature. In this blog post I will share a few contemporary textile creatives with you whose source of inspiration and material comes from nature and who then translate it into fascinating pieces.
Reusing materials, objects and waste to create textiles is a very interesting process, not only because we are giving a second life to the material but also because it gives history to the new piece, a sense of a past life.