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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