Introducing Peep Show and Playtime. You could design an entire room around either one of these rich, textural stripes. 🌈 #pollacktextiles
The photos in the art quilt represent my journey from the U.S. back to my native country and hometown. After many years of studying and living abroad, it was time for me to return to my roots. The moving process was not an easy one and I needed to express this somehow in my art. I took photos from both places, printed them on fabric, fused them onto a hand painted background and embellished it with some hand embroidery. It’s a very personal artwork obviously and I’m pleased how it turned out. The most unusual thing about the pictures is that the photo fabric became see-through when fused down to the background. It’s not so clear at first but studying the design for a few moments it becomes one can see the painted curves through the photo.
Oceanside Palm Trunk
As I was walking on the Boardwalk by the Strand in Oceanside or along the paths by the Marina, I always had my camera with me. I happened to see a palm tree trunk, left as a huge palm had just been cut down but a large stub had been left. There were all kinds of things sticking out of the trunk, sharp pieces of bark along with pieces of old leaf stems. The texture was very appealing to me and I immediately saw an art quilt in my inner eye. I had a very lovely hand-painted fabric in soft greens and yellows which would be a nice background for the image. I used all metallic threads in various colors to create textures all through the trunk. It was a good time to do free form quilting which was perhaps not the easiest to do with metallic thread. If you love your sewing machine, you can do it! Have you ever tried sewing with metallics?
Height: 58 cm; Width: 48 cm
Materials: hand painted fabric, threads, metallic, cotton fabrics
This traditional type quilt was made after I discovered all the wonderful floral fabrics that came into the stores in the late 90’s. Mostly the fabrics had been about draperies, clothing and other utilitarian cloth. At this time, I had just started to get into quilting so discovering colorful beautiful prints was very exciting and inspired me to come up with a whole collection of floral wall hangings. Orchids Galore is one of 17 pieces in my collection. About 10 remain and I want to focus on posting them on a regular basis. Do you have a favorite flower?
Height: 87 cm; Width: 87 cm
Materials: commercial cottons, traditional quilt fabrics
Favorite piece from my tufted tote collection! More pics to come!
Life Update: I have started working as a Textile Designer for Shaw Industries Carpeting! I hope to get back into tufting on the side but have been taking a much needed break!
In a wallpaper mood today... another floral I designed for @mcgeeandco ‘s new collection of wallpaper. ✍🏼🌿
Something a bit different to what I normally post.
I’ve mentioned this before so honestly just to tell me to stop if it gets boring....
But when I started out many moons ago I specialised as an abstract artist, and I used to have SO MUCH FUN designing these prints.
As a graduate I didn’t have much money at the time and I was working part time in retail to support myself so everything was done on a shoestring budget.
I’m proud to say I’ve come a long, long way since then, but to be honest I still have a hard time “investing” in paints (especially when there are so many clothes in Zara that keep calling my name) so every now and again I go back to basics.
This was done with acrylic paint (from home bargains 😉) masking tape... and label stickers.
It’s still looking very abstract at the moment so keep and eye out for the finished print later this week!
Missin this chaotic studio setup a fair bit 💔 after a lil post graduation hiatus I’m back at the cutting and sticking and enjoying settling into my own creative groove again! ⭐️ stay tuned for some new bits ✨✨✨
And it’s a wrap on work for the rest of August with this serene shot in my studio! The reality is my house is full of 11 year olds (and one toddler) so I’m giving into some good summer chaos. You’ll find me at the beach or playing an ‘epic’ game of hide and seek with the neighborhood kids! #artstudio#summerdays
Happy Birthday to Sheila Hicks! @ateliersheilahicks This pioneering textile artist and designer blurs the line between painting, sculpture and fiber arts, and was celebrated last year with a show the the Pompidou detailing 7 decades of her bold work. She received both a BFA and MFA in painting from Yale, where she studied with Josef Albers, who introduced her to his wife and textile master Anni Albers. This interaction catalyzed Sheila to move into a new realm with her practice. Time as a Fulbright scholar led her to South America, where she studied ancient Andean weaving techniques in Chile. She was also deeply inspired by her architecture courses, which she credits with “raising your consciousness”; indeed architects have had an important role in her life, including a friendship with Luis Barragan whom she met while living in Mexico in the early 60’s, and countless collaborations with architects to create site-specific installations. In addition to her accomplishments as an artist, she has had success in the realm of textile design: in 1966 she collaborated with Knoll to create fabric called Inca, inspired by the pre-columbian textiles she had studied in Chile. She prefers to focus on hand-made works, and has founded workshops in Mexico, Chile, and South Africa, and has worked in Morocco and India. Her works span the full range of scale from small weavings (dubbed “minimes”) to massive architectural pieces, and has crossed boundaries into fashion including a collaboration with Stella McCartney for the Fall 2019 collection. Of her daily art practice, Sheila has said “I’m working very hard to make things that are dignified but joyful.” With the recent re-invigoration of the fiber arts scene, Hicks’ prominence has been cemented. Happy Birthday to a textile design icon!