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“Women’s Suffrage” fiber art by Scrappy Annie

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“Women’s Suffrage” is a series of fiber art pieces by Scrappy Annie. The work (shown in the above image) depicts a female figure bound by rows of threading, immobilized and alone. About this piece, Scrappy Annie explained, “it came to life quite quickly when I was thinking about how some women live lives of solitude, bound . . . → Read More: “Women’s Suffrage” fiber art by Scrappy Annie

Textile samplers by Lorina Bulwer (born 1838), an inmate of the lunatic ward of the Great Yarmouth Workhouse

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The textile samplers in this post were created by Lorina Bulwer (born 1838, in Beccles on the Suffolk/Norfolk border of England). Unfortunately, only the scantest details are known of Lorina’s life: she was the middle child with two brothers, she was educated and grew up in a middle-class family, she never married, living . . . → Read More: Textile samplers by Lorina Bulwer (born 1838), an inmate of the lunatic ward of the Great Yarmouth Workhouse

Fragile embroidery by Kate Jackson

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Hand embroidered cheerios

Canada based artist Kate Jackson purposefully stitches upon materials which are typically considered too weak to withstand embroidery. Armed with a needle, Jackson stitches thread around cheerios, and through paper towels, flower petals and leaves. Calling this work “Fragile Embroidery,” the artist uses the conceptual theme of patience to motivate her . . . → Read More: Fragile embroidery by Kate Jackson

Embroidered landscapes growing out of their hoops by Ana Teresa Barboza

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Ana Teresa Barboza embroiders landscapes which grow out of their hoops, becoming knitted organic flows representing water and moss. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like this and I’ve seen a lot of embroidered art. Enjoy!

See more of Barboza’s work on her blog.

. . . → Read More: Embroidered landscapes growing out of their hoops by Ana Teresa Barboza

Felt insects by Mariana Popova

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Sofia, Bulgaria based artist Mariana Popova uses hand-felt needle techniques and sheep wool (which she dyes herself) to create highly-detailed creatures from the insect world. Popova considers felting to be her “true love, besides my husband, my children, my dog and my cats, who are also my inspiration.”

See much more of the artist’s . . . → Read More: Felt insects by Mariana Popova

Sculptural textiles by Ealish Wilson

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kimono – printed & smocked sailcloth with mizuhiki strings – 39″ x 39″

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Textile artist Ealish Wilson smocks and pleats textiles to form these three-dimensional pieces. To further push the surface design, Wilson frequently combines printed textiles and tied strings.

From the artist’s statement: “Although the places are different . . . → Read More: Sculptural textiles by Ealish Wilson

Altered books by Ines Seidel

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Germany based artist Ines Seidel uses books as the background in a landscape. Crisscrossing the landscape with string, Seidel embeds rocks, fastens folded packets of paper, and stitches independently cut words into the book.

About the work where she fastens twigs to books using large swaths of tape (see the 2nd image below), . . . → Read More: Altered books by Ines Seidel

Dessert sculptures by Ed Bing Lee

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CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE. waxed linen, cotton, linen silk. 5x5x5″ 2006

Desserts have a special place in my heart and on my plate. Taking inspiration from contemporary food images, artist Ed Bing Lee takes thick pieces of linen, cotton and silk thread, and knots them to form sculptures of cupcakes, slices of pie and ice cream . . . → Read More: Dessert sculptures by Ed Bing Lee

Nicoletta de la Brown embroiders plastic grocery bags

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Baltimore-based artist Nico­letta de la Brown embroiders the plastic bags she receives from shopping at the corner-grocery store.

About this series of work, Brown writes, “Res­cued from the gut­ter; blow­ing down the street like city tum­ble­weed. I reclaim and ele­vate what once was dis­carded by cre­at­ing embell­ished art objects. Grow­ing up in Brook­lyn and Harlem . . . → Read More: Nicoletta de la Brown embroiders plastic grocery bags

Giant Crochet Doilies overflow the walls of a gallery by Ashley V. Blalock

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Lying on a side table, a lace doily is a symbol of refinement and femininity. Change the scale of that doily and add them to other giant sized doilies and suddenly the mass of crochet takes on an overpowering and even threatening air. In “Keeping Up Appearances”  Southern California based artist Ashley V. Blalock built an ongoing, . . . → Read More: Giant Crochet Doilies overflow the walls of a gallery by Ashley V. Blalock