Tag Archives: Textile Art

Are How-to tutorials killing the Craft industry

Are ‘How to’ tutorials killing Craft?

Recently Beached Librarian asked ‘Are DIY posts bad for creativity ?‘ A sticky subject, especially since one might argue that the difference between following a pattern and creating something from scratch as you go, is the difference between having ‘a hobby’ and being ‘an artist’. There is a place for both approaches, after all where does the artist […]

Billy Corgan- Adore- embroidery portrait

Adore- Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan Hand embroidered portrait

I finally completed my embroidered portrait of Smashing Pumpkins‘ Billy Corgan. Here it is framed, clocking it at around 25-30 hours worth of stitching. Initially I considered a white frame, but the oval inlay in this black one won as nod to Billy’s  ‘Zero’ motif. A personal work I named ‘Adore’, for the album and for the notions of gothic romance that Billy […]

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Inspiring Artists- Jonathan Edwards and Felt Mistress

I love this pair of collaborative artists Illustrator Jonathan Edwards and soft sculpture artist extraordinaire Felt Mistress aka Louise Evans. (I reviewed Felt Mistress’  fabulous collected works book- Creature Couture previously here). I get a kick out of the work these two make in partnership! I really enjoyed following their exploits on instagram in the run up to christmas last […]

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A Hand stitched Clueless Heart Throb- As if!

I confess, I’m a little bit 90’s obsessed. So I had loads of fun with this embroidery piece which allowed me to indulge my 90’s nostalgia while making something my swap partner would get a kick out of. What do you mean you haven’t seen Clueless? As if! Maybe you’ll recognise this guy as Paul Rudd, ( it’s Josh!  Cher’s […]

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The Black Project- Book Review

Now here’s something a bit special, two of my major loves combined a graphic novel made with embroidery. I became aware of this book when I joked online about creating a comic in embroidery then someone told me it was already being done! Fast forward and the book is now an award-winning title from Myriad […]

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Crewel Hope – A non- traditional embroidery installation

For designer maker collective MAK9 ‘s ‘Draw on the Walls’ exhibition I created a non-traditional site specific embroidery for installation.  The themes of my work include an awareness of religious, socioeconomic and gender politics, with embroidery as a traditionally female ‘domestic’ art. The title is inspired by Jacobean embroidery techniques popular during *Lundy’s lifetime. (*Lundy is burned […]

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Bronte Beasties for Gotye

I’m thrilled to share the finished photos of the felt hoop art pieces I created for Gotye, based on the animated video for his song Bronte. I took some photos in the park late one sunny afternoon before packing them off to Australia.I can’t tell you how glad I am to hear they made it ‘down under’ in […]

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Felt Mistress Creature Couture : Book review

Today is World Book Day and I thought, how better to celebrate than to share a fantastic book with you! If you’ve never heard of the Felt Mistress before then you are in for a treat, as today I’ll be sharing this mighty tome with you: If you are a fan of contemporary illustration and […]

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This Woman’s Work- Portraits of Famous Female Musical Trailblazers

When invited to participate in an art exhibition for International Women’s Day I proposed to create a set of textile portraits of culturally influential women. The theme was open to interpretation, and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to share portraits of my own female heroes.  The artists who have influenced me most are often musicians and here, rendered […]

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Books Reviews: Indie Craft

For embroidery inspiration Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse is a real eye opener. (Check out the cover art by Jenny Hart!) This book is an overview of the Indie craft ‘scene’. Loads of great pictures of mainly textile crafts but across various disciplines. I read this to give myself some context of the contemporary indie craft […]