Posts tagged art textiles
Of Materials and Making

If you enjoy hanging art in your home, then read Claire Benn’s February blog on the pleasure of materials and the art of making.

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Material Girls - Quilts as Art

Three leading contemporary artists who use quilts as their medium - Nancy Crow, Pauline Burbidge and Diana Harrison - are in the spotlight in ‘Her Quiet Materials’ blog this month.

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In, On and Under the Surface

An exploration into the world of surface design in Art Textiles (such as painting, screen printing, mono-printing and scraping techniques); and a showcase of contemporary artists who create cloth that is unquestionably art.    

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Woven Stories - Four Contemporary Weavers

Weaving (including tapestry weaving) is one of the earliest textile techniques. The fibre used would historically include silk, cotton, wool, linen, hemp or rags although today’s weavers also use and recycle materials such as plastic and wire. Whatever the yarn being used, they’re laced together on a loom to form cloth. Read about four extraordinary artists using weaving in their work today:  Marcel Marois, Fiona Rutherford, Jo Barker and Ptolemy Mann.

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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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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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