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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 

 

Quilter Tara Faughan

     

Images above: A work in progress in Tara’s studio; Double Wedding Ring #2 (2017) in progress; Diamonds Wall Hanging 2016.

 

As any quilter knows, the journey from choosing the fabric to finishing the quilt is a long one. For Tara Faughan most quilts take between 40 – 100 hour, even longer if they are hand sewn.

Each quilt is designed slightly differently.  “Usually I get an idea, and either work out the specifics by making small samples, or by figuring out the math on the computer,” she explains. “I’m at a point where I’m so comfortable with my craft that I can take an

idea and organically translate it into fabric. There is at times a seamless flow from my head through my hands, and it’s such a joy to be able to create in that manner.”  We can’t wait to see what she creates next.

 

www.tarafaughnan.com

 

 

 

 

Colourful Embroideries by Victoria Potrovitza

Victoria Potrovitza with her embroideries

 

Many people pursue textiles later in life from various backgrounds, and Victoria Potrovitza is no exception.

She studied architecture in her native country Romania before becoming a fashion designer which led to a move to Israel and then the USA.

She left the pressures of the fashion industry behind and now focuses on her embroideries which encapsulate her balance and form of her architecture

with her talent for colour from her fashion days. Very inspiring! Check out her feature page on this website to see more of her art work.

Latest art quilts by Ann Brauer

           

Seasons of the Marsh Winter; Seasons of the Marsh Summer; Seasons of the Marsh Spring by Ann Brauer 2017. Photographs by John Polak

We were lucky enough to interview American quilter Ann Brauer last year. Here are some of her latest quilts. They are all based on the theme ‘Seasons for the Marsh,’ and using different colour palettes to reflect each season changes the mood entirely. Beautiful! www.annbrauer.com

 

Cos Ahmet

Cos Ahmet: In The Hands Of My Creator, (reworked) 2016 / 17 

Some artists’ work evokes an immediate response, it’s easy to navigate and the viewer can relate the work to the title. Other artists take a more conceptual approach, many don’t do this intentionally it just happens in their creative process. The upside of this second approach is it draws more thought on viewing, as does Cos Ahmet’s work. His limited colour palette also gives the work a serenity especially when viewed in a suitable setting such as this piece above. It is on show at  ‘Points of Juncture: An Exhibition by Cos Ahmet. Commissioned by Forty Hall and supported by Arts Council England until 22 October 2017. www.fortyhallestate.co.uk

New exhibition by Tracy Krumm

  

New work from Tracy Krumm: Layered; Plotted and Pannier.

 

We featured Tracy Krumm (who creates beautiful pieces using crochet and blacksmithing) over a year ago and we’re thrilled to show her latest work.

This series focuses on using found objects as the building blocks for her art, and the results are both sculptural and tactile.

As with most forms of textiles, the process is both time consuming and meditative, as Tracy explains:

“The core of my studio practice lies in the engagement with labor-as-medium. This involves intensive and repetitive fabrication methods that influence the creative experience through their meditative and transcendental aspects.”

Tracy is in a joint exhibition with painter John Bonick at the Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco until October 6th by appointment. www.asgallery.com

 

Inside the studio of Barbara Burns

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Barbara Burns in her inspiring studio. Photograph by Michael Wilson

 

For years Barbara’s studio was “in a walk out basement with tiny windows and low ceilings.” So when it came to creating a new one her wish list was one of practically and ambience.

” This new studio [has] lots of light, a vaulted ceiling and huge gable end windows. Its situated on the second floor, above an oversized one car garage. The focal point of the room is my sixteen foot long yarn cabinet made with a set of six large, old, wood framed glass doors I found. I designed the cabinet using those doors which slide on tracks so I can easily access my stash, which is prodigious. 

There is a corner with my sewing machines set up and ready to use with everything I need at hand. I have a large collection of books for reference and inspiration. In another corner is a built in desk/office area where I design and write with lots of storage. There is a small room for dyeing yarns. I even have a modest gallery. I crave order and I finally have it in my new studio: there is a place for everything!”