Blog: Art Textiles

Four rooms defined by rugs

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Long gone are the days when the floor was the ignored dimension of a room, a neutral offset to enhance other design elements. Today, handmade rugs have staked out their claim as effortless centrepieces of an interior. They frequently form the starting point for interior designers, who may build entire rooms around them. From traditional… Read more »

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New Designers 2013: Beautiful Brutalism

New Designers 2013 Penny Allen

Denna Jones The brethren of Brutalism tend to be a raucous and bullish tribe. Built of concrete in solid, spare, monolithic forms, the mid-twentieth century modern architectural style known as Brutalism polarises opinion in the same way knuckles tattooed with Love and Hate tend to send a mixed message to all who encounter the fists… Read more »

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New Designers 2013: a Star is Discovered

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Denna Jones “Pop! pop! pop!” Daniel Beckford positions his arms to hold an imaginary rug tufting gun, pumps his hands, and delights in providing verbal support for his impromptu demonstration of how he placed scattered pot shots of wool across a quadrant of his degree show rug “My Life”, shown as part of Staffordshire University’s… Read more »

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Outsider Art exhibition in London features textile artists

Yumiko Kawai, Circles, 2009, wool, acrylic yarns, cotton. Social Welfare Corporation Yamanami Atelier

The conceptual underpinnings of Outsider Art are problematic. Who’s “in” and who’s “out” is just one of the questions no one has adequately defined. Your scribe is puzzling this conunudrum for multiple publications, so will say no more for now other that to present textile works from Wellcome Trust’s Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan on… Read more »

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Two dead kings and one long tapestry

Like the buses your scribe waits impatiently and then two dead kings come along at once. Archeologists confirmed last week the skeleton found in a hasty grave beneath a Leicester car park is that of Richard III. And this week? Stitchers in the Channel Island of Alderney completed their embroidered rendition of the “missing” terminus… Read more »

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Craftica exhibition at Gallery Libby Sellers

Skin deliberately denuded of hair meant to be there is eery. (And no, your scribe does not mean the prosaic human routine of daily depilation.) Transmogrified skin is even more eery. Hairy, hairless, sleek or scaly, flayed skin used for purposes other than intended has an unsettling but often magnetic quality, like this 3rd century… Read more »

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Apocalypse Now? Cross-stitch tapestries by Cordeiro & Healy

Why Do Some Societies Make Disastrous Decisions? Jared Diamond’s question is the title of Chapter 14 in his book Collapse. He posits four sequential steps to explain why societies mismanage resources and fail to thrive or survive. First they fail to anticipate the problem. Then they fail to perceive it. Failure to solve the problem… Read more »

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Fabulous textile Christmas stocking stuffer under a fiver? Artisan du Chocolat!

Chocolate is your scribe’s Achilles heel. Never ever ubiquitous cheap chocolate, but always luxury dark chocolate requiring a mindful journey to the byways of Chelsea and Artisan du Chocolat. Founded by artisan chocolatier Gerard Coleman (famous for his creation of liquid salted caramels), Artisan offer a range of handmade chocolates. They also understand it’s sinful… Read more »

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Anne Kyyrö Quinn wool felt sculpture exhibition, 12 Star Gallery, London

“Is that a ah . . . a foot?!” Your meat-free scribe was still under the gustatory evil spell of mistaking chorizo for a grilled baby tomato, when a fur stole fell from a guest’s shoulder at the opening of the Anne Kyyrö Quinn exhibition last night. Swooping, your scribe caught it mid-fall. In her… Read more »

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COVER Exclusive: Marguerite Zorach’s tapestry “Ipcar Family in Robinhood Farm, Maine”, 1944

Grayson Perry, Royal Academician, Turner Prize winner and fêted contemporary British artist? Meet Marguerite Zorach. Several years ago your scribe hit pay dirt in a charity shop. Ann Wiseman’s 1969 book Rag Tapestries and Wool Mosaics introduced your scribe to American modern artist Marguerite Zorach (1887-1968), and it was Zorach herself who introduced Wiseman to… Read more »

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