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Janine Heschl

Above: Janine Heschl (portrait by Christine Hanel) work in progress


Having children changes everyone but for Janine Heschl it changed more things than one as after years of numerous academic achievements and jobs she finally discovered her true passion as a textile artist. While sewing clothes for her young children she realised sewing in a straight line wasn’t for her and the rest is history. It is wildlife in particular that has stood out for Janine and her animal portraits are both realistic and emotional, especially given that most of the subjects are endangered.

Janine is exhibiting her #extinctionisforever series 4th-6th of May, 2018 in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Tapestry weaver Petra Kolinova


Image above: Tea Time (2012) woven tapestry with wool.


Petra Kolinova has been weaving for almost three decades and still starts each tapestry with an inspiration from one of her paintings.

” I draw on paper on a small scale. If I decide to weave a tapestry based on the painting, I would draw a larger sketch on to cardboard. I’m constantly thinking about the colours and the details in the middle of the process of weaving.”

Find out more about Petra on her feature page or visit  www.petrakolinova.cz


UK Christmas fair with art textiles

Above: Daren Ball Textiles and birds by Jose Heroys.


It’s that time of year again when you are searching for original presents. If you are near Brighton in the UK a good place to start shopping is the MADE BRIGHTON contemporary craft and design fair set in the beautiful church of St Bartholomew’s. While there are makers of all genres we particularly like Darren Ball and Jose Heroys.  Darren Ball is inspired by photographs from the 1940s and uses free machine embroidery to create art work and household items. Jose Heroys makes life-like birds from yarn and carded fleece.

MADE BRIGHTON, Sat 25th November, 10.30-5.30, St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton.

For more information visit www.madebrighton.co.uk, www.darrenballtextileartists.com, www.joseheroys.com

Archana Pathak



Archana Pathak uses heat transfer to print an image of a found object onto fine cotton. She then cuts it into thin strips and uses this as her thread or ‘fabric lace.’ The starting point behind each art work is fascinating. Here she explains the concept behind the images above, Transcient Boundries and I Can See You But Can You See Me …. 


“Transcient Boundries is exploring the artificiality of transient boundaries through a found old Paris Map and uses linen for the base fabric and transfer print and stitch.”


“I Can See You But Can You See Me (above) is based on a beautiful found portrait photograph with a playful hand-written note –‘I can see you but can you see me?’ on the back. The picture and the hand-written note complement each other strikingly, while the captured moment can have many interpretations. Again linen was used for the base fabric and use of repetitive running stitch with printed lace of original found artifact.”


Check out Archana’s feature page for more.


Machine embroidery


Our featured textile artist this week is Arun Kumar Bajaj from India. He started machine embroidery 12 years ago and has been creating ever since, gaining him the name ‘The Needle Man’. While a lot of his work is of traditional scenes it is his portraiture that caught our attention. He often tries to use as few thread colours as possible which gives the pieces a mesmerising quality. Incredible!

To see more visit http://bajajart.blogspot.my 


Spanish textile artist Yolanda Relinque


Images from left: Pulmones, 2016; Costillas / flor, 2017 – both textile sculpture paper and glass. Jaula, 2015, sculpture textile and metal.


Yolanda Relinque is a Spanish artist based in Marbella. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art fairs worldwide including Germany, Morocco, France and Argentina. Her delicate pieces are based on the world around her and are in part inspired by the women in her family who have shared with her their passion for textiles.

“The concepts in my textile work come from my personal world, from my familiar attachment to sewing, fabric and thread. For smaller pieces I try to find the sensation of fragility. For this reason I use woven paper, threads of bamboo to which I give sculptural form. I protect these tactile pieces through the glass. I try to build a map of emotion.”

Yolanda will be exhibiting at the Cupola Gallery in Sheffield in April 2018; and the Galeria Gravura in Malaga. To find out more visit her Facebook page