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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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Elegant, Referential Forms: Art by Anne Garwood Roney


A photo of two decorative gourdsTwo "pottery" gourds

Anne Garwood Roney uses her artistic practice to explore appearances found in nature, distilling the shapes of plant life and natural phenomena into elegant, referential forms. Using found fabric and a wide range of other unconventional materials, Anne reframes familiar objects, allowing viewers to see them in a new light.


An assembled work with fragments of a grapevineGrapevine Calligraphy I, grapevine segments, found display box

 

While in our previous feature…

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Wearable Objects: Art by Sophie King


An embroidered feminist messageStop Blaming Women for Men's Inadequacies, hand-embroidery on a hoop

Textile artist Sophie King works with hand embroidery techniques. King produces artworks – often wearable objects -- that acknowledge views of textile art as a traditionally feminine practice and explore the potential strength and utility behind it.


A rose with the word BYE embroidered on itBye, hand embroidery on roses

 

Many of King’s recent works use embroidered text to directly call out problematic or…

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Studio Sunday: Robin Kang


A photo of Robin Kang in her studio space

 

Studio Sunday artist Robin Kang is a sculptor and textile artist based in New York. Kang uses traditional textile techniques like weaving, sewing and quilting to produce art objects that combine futuristic patterning and aesthetics with time-honored techniques of production. The artist is originally from Kerrville, Texas, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Kang’s Brooklyn studio looks cozy and businesslike. Being a…

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Tech Couture: Art by Angela Dale


A photo of a woman modelling a futuristic dressChameleon, model: Tessa Grenier, photo: Chuck Szmurlo

Angela Dale is a costume designer and textile artist who creates works of tech couture. Combining traditional sewing and garment-making techniques with innovative additions like light-up accents and digitally-rendered patterns, Angela’s practice gives us a glimpse into the future of fashion.


A photo of a woman modelling a futuristic fashion designElectrolove, model: Alexia Day, photo: Chuck Szmurlo

 

I like looking through Angela’s…

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Costuming and Collage: Art by Julie McIntyre


A photo of a textile artwork by Julie McIntyreChildren's Purse, laser prints, assorted papers, millboard, ribbon, grommets, glue

Julie McIntyre is a textile artist and resident artist with the Vancouver School Board. Julie uses her chosen medium in interesting and innovative waves, combining costuming and collage to make art objects that are part sculpture, part tapestry, part photo album.


An artwork made from a combination of textile and laser printer photographsShopkeeper's Pages, laser prints on linen, assorted papers, thread, and 2 snaps on wallet

 

I…

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