Contemporary basketry

Making a basket is probably the oldest weaving method that goes back thousands of years. Young branches and strong grasses were used to make small handy baskets for hunting, fishing, carrying, and More »

Fabrics for Fashion: Part 1

Without fabric there would be no fashion. Whether woven, knitted, printed, embroidered or bejewelled, textiles are crucial to the eloquence of apparel and fundamental to the fashion design process. We are presenting More »

Rosalind Wyatt: Text and Textile

The versatility of textiles and the wide spectrum of usage of fabrics and threads are enormous. Rosalind Wyatt, London based visual artist and calligrapher is well aware of it and use it More »

Paulina Bartnik’s embroidered brooches

Paulina Bartnik is a Polish textile artist based in Lublin. Her work amazes equally art lovers, textile crafters and bird enthusiasts. She creates beautifully detailed bird brooches using techniques of needle felting and More »

 

The 50’s Style in Interior Design

The 50’s Style in Interior Design

After the black-out and restrictions of the Second World war, the 1950s were a much brighter time. Although rationing was still in place at the start of the decade, just a few years later wages had increased and the economy was growing. People were more affluent and had more disposable income. The horizons were expanding, and more people started going on foreign holidays (the first jet plane was produced in Britain in 1954).

Photography: Jack Spencer

Photography: Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer (American, b.1951) is a respected photographer known for his portraits and manipulated images. Spencer was born in Kosiusko, MS, and studied at Louisiana Tech University. His early work was inspired by the southern United States. His first book, Native Soil, featured images of horses, trees, and the southern landscape. Snow Ponies is a manipulated photograph depicting two white horses on a white background. The piece is a glazed gelatin silver print and is a typical representation of his work.

Fabric Beads Necklace for Mother’s Day

Fabric Beads Necklace for Mother’s Day

There’s nothing like the a nice handmade jewellery present for Mother’s Day change. Maybe this special day can get you in the mood for a new jewellery project. Here is an easy project of making the fabric beads necklace which will help you to create an unique gift. From funky, bold colours and flower vintage style to cotton stripy beads and more, this will help you to be creative.

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Felt Paintings by Jenne Giles

Jenne Giles is a San Francisco-based artist whose work ranges from traditional fine arts and crafts to innovative performance and installation art.  Jenne graduated from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts, Houston, TX, in 1993.  In 1997 she received her degree in Art & Art History from Rice University in Houston, TX.  

Making Your Own Furniture

Making Your Own Furniture

Making your own furniture could be a long process. Though it can take a great deal of time to design and produce your own pieces,  the challenge is quite enjoyable. It is possible to design the exact piece that you are interested in and then make it to the exact specifications. That means you can make the exact piece of furniture that you ever wanted. In short, if you dream it, it can be made.

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

Make Your Own Coat of Arms

You don’t need to have a family history stretching back to the Domesday Book to have a coat of arms. Take a look at the heraldic symbols and images in books or on the internet before you decide on your own design. There are several basic shield shapes that you can use for the outline, and it is better to draw these out on paper and plan the whole design before you peek up needle and thread.

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Man Quilter – Luke Haynes

Luke Haynes is an amazing American artist and quilter. He is educated at Cooper Union, School of Architecture and North Carolina, School of the Arts. Luke creates his own fabric world from small pieces of textile, put together and transformed in beautiful, contemporary art quilts.

The World of Artist Trading Cards

The World of Artist Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards (ATC) are miniature works of art created on 2 ½ x 3 ½ inches cards. They are totally original expressions of an individual’s craft or artistic bent and were the brainwave of a Swiss artist called Vanci Stirnemann, artist-in-residence, at Calgary’s The New Gallery. He wanted to produce a catalogue in playing-card format to document work in the gallery but because of printing costs were so prohibitive, the project was shelved until 1996.

Biblical Quilt Patterns

Biblical Quilt Patterns

Bible stories and religious symbols have inspired artists in all media through the ages. Many of the 19th century quilters knew few other stories than those they heard in church and at the family Bible reading. Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, and other famous biblical tales are the subjects of a number of quilts. Some have sober designs, others are lighthearted, in the manner of colourful illustrations for children’s Bible stories.

The World of Candles

The World of Candles

Candles have been around for many, many years, but it was not too long ago that candles were just a means of getting some light in a room when the power went out, and they were a necessity for such emergencies. Nowadays, the role of candles has changed. Some are beautiful works of art which it seems a shame to light, others are a custom scented candle lit and used for relaxation purposes, with their perfume permeating the air.