Category: Textile

Art

Embroidered textile art gives “meticulous” a new meaning

Rachel Wright took fashion and textiles at Birmingham City University and finished both Bachelor and Master's degree there before starting up a business in 1994. Just a mere glimpse at her work says a lot about how passionate she is about embroidery. She takes inspiration from landscapes and cityscapes. Her favorite subjects are the sea, harbor towns, boats, and lighthouses. The shapes, colors, and details of these are then borrowed and echoed in delicately hand or machine embroidered fabric collages, using vibrant threads, worked onto papers and fabrics. The signature skies in her landscapes are often dramatic and expressive. Embroidery enables her to draw and paint using fabric and stitch as a medium. What makes her embroideries different is their striking colors which she uses to captivate and draw the viewer in. More than anything, her main goal is to delight the eyes of her audience. Aside from her website, you can learn more about Rachel Wright and her art...
Creativity

A whole community battles the heat with crochet

Marina Fernández Ramos is the Spanish artisan who created the project "Tejiendo La Calle" ( Knitting/crocheting the street). The project included a citizen intervention with volunteers from the community of Valverde de la Vera, a little town in Spain. They reused plastic from shopping bags, recycling them into crochet parasols (sunshades) hanging them all over the streets to fight the extreme heat of this last summer. This project just earned an award  for Design and citizen participation from the Bienal Iberoamericana de Diseño ( Iberoamerican Bienal of Design) ...
Art

Celebrate 150 years of Canadian hooked rugs from the Textile Museum

Entitled "HOME ECONOMICS: 150 years of Canadian Hooked Rugs", an event will look into the origins, creation, and social impact of hooked rugs. This form of folk art is unique to the Canadian culture. It has been a part of Canadian lifestyle for a century and a half. For many locals, it served as an opportunity to express their artistic side while supporting reusing and recycling of materials. It also became a means of livelihood for some. For these reasons, it holds a big importance in the identity of Canada as a community and an international region. The event will focus on iconic stories, images, and communities involved in the tradition of hooked rugs, featuring the works of various artists. The Textile Museum of Canada's archives, together with public and private collections, will provide the artwork. It will be curated by Shauna McCabe, Natalia Nekrassova, Sarah Quinton and Roxane Shaughnessy; and will be organized and circulated by the Textile Museum of Canada....
Art

The role of Art Deco in fashion and textile designs over the years

During its conception, Art Deco was the newest style of its kind while boasting of strong attachments to other art styles and periods. It nurtured elements but at the same time reacted and even turned away from others. It gets a lot of similarities from its predecessor, Art Nouveau, such as geometric forms, exotic elements, as well as multiple dimensions and perspectives. During the Art Deco period, a lot of attention was given to textile design. At the time, fashion was the second biggest industry in export and carried heavy importance in the recovering economies right after WWI. Furthermore, Art Deco associates the technological innovations of the machine age, carrying with it a tendency to lean towards the urban and industrial scenes, which are prevalent in the metallic color palettes and the clean ergonomic lines of vehicles and objects. All of these were seen clearly in the evolution of textile and fashion design. The images below show the evolution of Art Deco design....
Art

Remembering the defunct ‘Faux Museum’: a paradise for oddities and confusion

The Faux Museum was once the bread and butter of Tom Richards, its curator (and often, janitor). It was located in Portland, Oregon and contains a wild collection of knick knacks. Everything inside the museum was either created by Richards himself or his friends. Each displayed item is a representation of his eccentric imagination and sense of humor. Why the weirdness? He simply wants people to "not think too hard" and "see things differently". In this light, each piece is misleading by intention. In fact, the original plan was to make an entire museum as a prank, but Richards ended up pouring everything he had into it. As a result, he made tourists and locals amused (and usually, confused) as they pass by. There certainly is a big hole left by the Faux Museum as it leaves us in its wake. It said goodbye in 2015, and fans from all over are still hoping that it'll open its doors once again - in one way or another.  ...
Cute

Mini kimonos and dresses with geek inspiration

Amanda Marin is a designer from the USA with a very particular niche. In her own words, her creations are "Easy cosplay alternatives for cute enthusiasts!". As you can see, these adorable outfits are inspired in various fandoms and characters. Targeted mainly for otakus but suitable for any girl. This way they can embody their favorite male character, in a girly fashion. Since she does all the work herself, she is in high demand and only opens certain dates to accept orders. To see more of her cute designs visit her website, DeviantArt, Facebook or Instagram.          ...
Art

Adorable handmade animal characters created with fabulous felt

We've seen everyday objects represented with felt before but Cat Rabbit takes it to the next level with animals. The Melbourne-based textile artist creates everything from baby lambs to rabbits. Each piece is made by hand and is spot on. Her Etsy page is full of her felt creations and when she's not busy creating fabulous felt fabrications, Rabbit is busy working on illustrations for children’s storybooks featuring her felt characters. The stories are called Soft Stories and are made in collaboration with Rabbit's friend  Isobel Knowles. Check out some of the felt animals below and find more on her Instagram and Tumblr. ...
Art

Mutated rugs bridge ancient and moderns worlds with age-old weaving techniques

Ancient and modern worlds collide in Faig Ahmed's intricate carpet patterns. The artist's fascination with carpet patterns, particularly ones found on rugs originating in Turkey, Persia, India, and Caucasus, led him to produce unconventional designs. The carpets seem to drip, break apart, and pixelate over the walls they're suspended on. Utilizing age-old weaving techniques, Ahmed's rugs depict  the rare instances of finding symmetry in nature. The rugs have been featured in various places such as at the Museum of Fine Art Boston, and the Bellevue Art Museum. Check out some of his distorted rugs below and find more on his website. ...
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