“Textile Arts are versatile and can transition from use to use, and that is their true genius.” –Sandra Espinet, renown interior designer. Today, we are sharing with you five textile artists to follow, right now. In this group of artists, some have been in the industry for 50+ years and others are just blooming with promising careers. From threads to plastic to fibers, read on to see how these artists create unparalleled textile masterpieces.
Fink is an artist of hand knitted oversized scale textiles and installation pieces made from complex natural fibres and raw materials. The Artist resides in Australia and sources her wool from her homeland and New Zealand and describes her work as being “informed by three great passions: my need for sensory feedback and my love of both texture and natural fibers.”
How did she discover her larger-than-life knitting passion? Fink actually stepped away from a career as a lawyer, before entering her extreme knitting vocation. The artist also found the activity to be a soothing remedy for her post-natal depression. She mentions “I wanted to show my kids that if you have the passion, desire and capacity for the hard work, you can come up with something special.”
Jacqui Fink has been featured in renown publications such as Vogue Living, Artisan Magazine and Fete. The artist also leads Extreme Knitting classes around the world and has worked with fashion designers such as the Australian based Celeste Tesoriero.
2. Sheila Hicks
Shiela Hicks is an American artist known for her intricate work with fibers. Her interest with fibers sparked after she graduated with a BFA and MFA from Yale University and was rewarded with a Fulbright scholarship to paint in Chile. It was there that she began her love affair with the textile and since then she has founded workshops in Chile, Mexico and South Africa.
Her work can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Centre Pompidou, the Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and the Museo De Bellas Artes.
Hicks has won over 10 prestigious awards and she now splits her time between her Paris studio and New York.
Interested in learning more about this artistic force? Watch this short film by the Ford Foundation titled, Sheila Hicks: Begin With Thread. (Click to watch.)
3. Leisa Rich
Rich is a contemporary artist who uses threads, plastics, fabrics and detritus to create her art. She uses the techniques of 3D printing, as well as free motion stitching. Through this form, she mimics her way of “painting” and building texture with sewing thread.
When she was 15, she attended Interlochen Arts Academy for piano and dance. However, Leisa developed thyroid complications which caused weight gain and ultimately her getting kicked out of the dance department because of it. Shortly after, a friend referred Leisa to a weaving class at the academy and the artist ended up loving it. Rich switched her major to art and 36 years later, the rest is history.
The artist has been teaching for 40 years in schools, arts centers and universities across the United States and Canada. Along with this, you can find her works in the permanent collections of Emory Healthcare, The Kamm Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art, The University of Texas, and The University of North Texas, and in many private collections in the U.S. and Canada.
The Berlin-based artist specializes in embroidery art and has debuted over 10 collections. In one of her series, Fleshideal, Schroeder examines the idealized beauty of the female body in a diptych of life-sized nude women intertwined with one another.
Schroeder’s material of choice is thread, as she creates her textile art. Her pieces seem rough and unfinished, with threads hanging off of the canvas. However, each detail is carefully composed and thoughtfully executed. The artist has been featured in publications like Design Boom and This Is Colossal.
Scardetta received her BFA at Pratt Institute and is a Brooklyn based textile artist. She was originally introduced to weaving thanks to her internship with the Textile Arts Center in Brooklyn. The artist has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Design Sponge, Uppercase Magazine and many more nationwide publications.
The textile artist uses traditional techniques that nod to not only classic tapestry making, but a close look at her designs will give you immediate nostalgia towards your friendship bracelet making days. She describes her work as “part tapestry, part friendship bracelet, and heavily influenced by color.”
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