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
kimono – printed & smocked sailcloth with mizuhiki strings – 39″ x 39″
detail of above image
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
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
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
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
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
Light Stream, 2013 Bleached canvas, handseam
detail of “Light Stream”
Oslo, Norway based artist Hanne Friis creates large textile installations. Manipulating fabric through stitching, smocking, and other types of layering methods, Friis hand builds three-dimensional organic landscapes.
This month (January 2014) the artist is showing her work at the group exhibit “We live . . . → Read More: Textile art by Hanne Friis
I am intrigued by this installation which contains porcelain sculptures of kangaroos wearing knitted bodysuits.The artist, Irene Nordli, allows the knitwear as serve as a pouch which allows the baby marsupial to stay close, serving the same function as a pouch on an actual kangaroo. Placed in garments similar to wet-suits, each kangaroo strikes . . . → Read More: “Kenguland” knitwear and porcelain sculptures of kangaroos by Irene Nordli
Wood in the fireplace. A wooden home. A wooden blanket?
Elisa Strozyk is pushing the boundaries of textile arts. She creates a fabric-like structure by attaching small geometric wooden shapes to a textile base. The new “wooden textile” acts just like fabric, draping across beds, floors, even people. Just push it and, like . . . → Read More: Wooden textiles by Elisa Strozyk
In the series “#NEWSERIE,” Chile-based mixed media artist Jose Romussi uses a needle and thread to embroider over portraits of women. Flowers, masks and spirals obscure and embellish their faces. Lovely!
For more work by Romussi, see Embroidered photographs of dancers by Jose Romussi.”
. . . → Read More: Embroidery over head portraits by Jose Romussi