Hung, Drawn but not Tortured

The story of the artistic practices of binding, wrapping and hanging thread, cloth or fibre; to celebrate the 'Summer of Christo and Jeanne Claude’ in London this year.

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A Stitch in Time

Hand stitching or embroidery is a skill in which artists use needle and thread to stitch into cloth. Often done within a hoop or a frame in the past, contemporary embroidery has now escaped this boundary and it’s now common to see the deliberate use of loose threads and ‘imperfect’ stitching, along with traditional techniques such as darning and mending being incorporated in to the work. Read more on five brilliant contemporary artists using hand-stitch in their work

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Material Momentum - Keeping Art Textiles Alive

Olga de Amaral, Judy Chicago, Sheila Hicks and  Lucienne Day: Four giants who have kept the art textiles momentum going since the 1950s and the days of the early pioneers.  Read artist Claire Benn’s account of their remarkable contributions to art history.

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The Fibregettes: Liberators of Textiles In Art

Claire Benn selects five female artists - the 'Fibregettes’ who served as pioneers to bring about an enlightenment in art textiles and describes the ways they liberated this art form:  Sonia Delaunay, Gunta Stolzl, Anni Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Hannah Ryggen.

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Following a Thread | A Brief Journey through Time & Textiles

In 2016 the first sewing needle was discovered in Siberia’s Denisova Cave. Measuring around 7cm (3”) long, made of bird bone and with an eye for stringing thread, it’s thought to be at least 50,000 years old. Claire Benn's feature traces the origins of the art of textiles and asks us to consider what it is all about.

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