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Fabric Constructions: Art by Gonny Mackaay


A creative dress made from hanging strips of fabrictrouwjurk

 

Gonny Mackaay is an artist who works in textiles and fabrics, creating art in the form of clothing designs and fabric constructions. The artist’s works frequently edge into the territory of fashion, but tend to avoid strict categorization as such.


A fabric artwork taking the form of a maskJodokus

 

Gonny’s series The Unwearable Dresses showcases the artist’s appreciation for the more experimental aspects of fashion. These garments, seemingly made from…

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Inside the Textile Art Studio of Diedrick Brackens


A photo of textile artist Diedrick Brackens working on his loom

 

This Sunday, we’re looking at the art studio of Diedrick Brackens. Brackens is a textile artist who draws on traditional methods of weaving and fabric-making to comment on issues of sociopolitics, black history, and cultural identity. Through his work with the traditionally “feminine” craft of textile weaving, Brackens addresses ideas of masculinity through the lens of his identity as a queer man, as well as challenging notions…

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Brightly Stylized Images: Textile Art by Lisa Lackey

A textile artwork depicting the Earth in someone's handsHumanity is in Our Hands, fabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

Lisa Lackey’s art portfolio is packed with images that one might be surprised to learn are made with fabrics and thread. The artist uses cut textiles to build up graphic, brightly stylized images, sewing and embroidering to add fine detail.


A textile artwork depciting a figure walking past a red doorExit 11, frabrics, thread, and embroidery floss on canvas

 

I’m always impressed by the level of detail and precision…

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Studio Sunday: Ann Wood

A photo of the artist Ann Wood in her home studio

 

Our studio Sunday artist this week is Brooklyn-based textile artist Ann Wood. The artist is currently based in a home studio space, where she produces works that are as much fine art as they are craft. The artist’s practice encompasses small patchwork textile pieces -- dolls, sewn and stuffed animals, and botanical specimens -- and Wood also teachers others the techniques for producing similar works.

 

Wood’s studio is based in…

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The Portfolio of Textile Artist Michael Shyka

A custom silk textile made with hand-painted dyesFeathers, dye on silk

Michael Shyka is a textile artist and fashion designer who creates his own fabric designs by painting directly onto silk. Michael also works in watercolour, creating paintings that bring the artist’s fashion-minded aesthetics into the realm of landscape and portrait painting.


A hand-painted silk textile with a basket-weave patternsbasket weave print, woven

 

I love Michael’s floral designs on silk textiles. As we saw in our previous feature of Michael’s

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The Bunka Embroidery Portfolio of Mary Lee Chisholm

An embroidered image of a floral sceneFloral Rainbow

Mary Lee Chisholm-Morgan works in Bunka embroidery, a style of embroidery that originated in Japan, and became popular in the United States in the 1970s. In her art portfolio, Mary Lee uses the technique to create images of a wide range of subjects.


A bunka embroidered image of a dragonTurquiose Dragon

 

I’m really impressed by the level of detail that Mary Lee is able to capture in each of her works. Seeing photographs of finished and framed pieces, I…

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The Traditional Felting Portfolio of Karen Wyeth


A hand-felted pillow coverSunlit Meadow Cushion, 100% heavy cotton with printed image

Karen Wyeth is a textile artist based in the Midlands of England. In her practice, Karen primarily works in traditional felting techniques, sometimes combining felting with hand embroidery and sewing to create images with a unique texture and aesthetic.


A felted image of a Barcelona streetMediterranean Cafes, Placa de la Vila de Garcia, hand-felted pure merino wool and silk with free machine embroidery and hand…

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Gestural Methods: Art by Noah NJ Bowman


An abstract painting with reference to bodily formsUntitled (Body Politics), acrylic on canvas

Noah NJ Bowman is a painter who specializes in painting on a large scale with wild, gestural methods of mark-making. The artist’s paintings are abstract and utilize a colour palette that ranges from saturated primary hues to deep Earth tones.


An abstracted painting made with blue tonesFixation, acrylic on canvas

 

I enjoy the way the artist uses a variety of different mark-making styles on each canvas. Many works combine fine,…

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The Textile Art Portfolio of Pat Autenrieth


A quilt incorporating lowbrow cartoonish imageryDedicated to Cheese for No Reason (collaboration), fabric marker, hand applique, hand and machine embroidery, hand and machine quilting

Pat Autenrieth works in textile art and bookmaking, innovating in the field of arts and crafts – particularly quilting. Pat’s works embrace both the unique quirks of the quilted medium, and the aesthetic language of contemporary art, to create a fascinating hybrid.


A quilt incorporating text and patternAn Occasion for the Need for…

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Shoplifter: The Art of Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir


A photo of an art installation made of hairNervescape VII (installation view at National Gallery of Iceland)

Icelandic artist Hrafnhilder Arnardóttir works under the moniker Shoplifter, creating works in the fascinating medium of hair, borrowing materials, techniques, and aesthetics from the worlds of fashion, fine art, and textile craft.


An artwork made from dyed orange and black hairGloria - Study for An Opera

 

Shoplifter’s bright, colorful installations and sculptures have a wonderfully playful edge to them -- some of…

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Exotic and Familiar Animals: Art by Geneviève Désy


A miniature drawing of a cat's eyeChat noir (miniature drawing on artist trading card)

Geneviève Désy creates photo-realistic colored-pencil drawings of exotic and familiar animals, as well as other subjects. Geneviève also produces work in watercolor and crochet, working on both a personal and commissioned basis.


A miniature drawing of a cat's face with green eyesChat aux yeux verts (miniature drawing on artist trading card)

 

I’m always impressed by the level of detail that Geneviève achieves in each of her…

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Studio Sunday: Sheila Hicks


A photograph of a young Sheila Hicks in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday artist this weekend is Sheila Hicks. Born in Nebraska, Hicks worked in Guerrero, Mexico from 1959 to 1963 before relocating to Paris, France, where she is still based. The artist has spent the majority of her career working in textiles, using sculpting, weaving, and assemblage techniques to create unique objects.

 

The photo above shows Hicks at work in her studio several decades ago, possibly in Mexico. Here, the…

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Studio Sunday: Katherine Westphal


A photograph of the late Katherine Westphal in her studio

 

Today in Studio Sunday we’re remembering Katherine Westphal. The artist was a pioneer of American Arts and Crafts, part of a movement that helped legitimize traditionally feminine art forms like quilting and crochet as fine art media. Westphal herself was known for her work with quilts. Westphal studied art from a young age and worked as an art professor in California universities and colleges for many years.

 

Though Westphal was…

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Fanciful Custom Hats by Fifilabelle


A photo of a model wearing a floral garland hatFloral garland

Fifilabelle founder Fiona Menzies designs and creates fanciful custom hats. Currently based in London, England, Fiona creates her hat designs on a commission basis, helping customers put the finishing touches on formal outfits of all varieties.


A hat designed for a young girlA little girl's hydreangea hat

 

I love the variety of designs to browse through on the Fifilabelle website. Fiona’s designs range from simple and elegant to more whimsical, and…

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Studio Sunday: Miriam Schapiro


A photo of Miriam Schapiro at work in her studio

 

Our Studio Sunday feature this week is Miriam Schapiro. Born in Toronto, Schapiro later moved to the United States to study art, later becoming a noted textile and collage artist and a proponent of the Pattern and Decoration movement, an art movement which sought to legitimize craft art within the fine art sphere.

 

Schapiro is known for her “femmages” – paintings and collages done with an eye toward a feminist aesthetic.…

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