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 »

 

Name That Painting!

Name That Painting!

In February 2010, the Paris-based band Hold Your Horses! released a music video to go with their song “70 Million,” which became an immediate success. In the video, the band members recreated famous paintings, taking the viewer on an entertaining tour through art history. Try to identify as many paintings as possible, then compare your results with the list of the actual paintings below the jump. Enjoy – and let us know your scores! And, of course, Happy Bastille Day.

Wooden Toys for Everyone

Wooden Toys for Everyone

FINKBEINER FEINES KUNSTHANDWERK, founded in 1995, is located in Freudenstadt, a small town in the Black Forest. This region is well-known for its scenic beauty, its recreational value and its handicraft tradition of which the famous cuckoo clock is probably the most prominent example.

Ecclectic Jewelry designed by Ecclectic Elements

Ecclectic Jewelry designed by Ecclectic Elements

Ecclectic Elements (Albuquerque, NM, USA) offer a great selection of unique, indie artisan boutique necklaces and earrings for easy online gift shopping.
Handcrafted couture in hip, mod and retro styles. Original costume jewelry.The vintage and antique game pieces and Mah Jongg Mahjongg tiles they upcycle, recycle, repurpose, reclaim and reuse for their recycled game piece jewellery are made of Bakelite, Catalin, Lucite, Celluloid, Marblelite, Pyralin, Wood, Bone and Bamboo.

The Creative Cardmaking by Danielle Flanders

The Creative Cardmaking by Danielle Flanders

Recently I came across the work of Danielle Flanders , an American who is a real master of work with paper, scrapbooking and card making.

Charlotte Fleming Made With Love

Charlotte Fleming Made With Love

Made with Love was started in July 2009 and since then has gone from strength to strength!

This studio is started by Charlotte Fleming, a young artist trained at City and Guilds of London Art School. Her father was the furniture designer Christien Sell. Growing up surrounded by her father’s designs has had a big influence on her and design has always been a big part of her life.

The Aran Sweaters

The Aran Sweaters

Standing like immortal gatekeepers at the mouth of Galway Bay are the Aran Islands; three wind-swept and wave-beaten landmasses that rise from the sea in a stirring display of towering cliffs, craggy limestone pillars and crumbling stone walls. The islands themselves bear the marks of over 5,000 years of human activity – ranging from a mighty Iron Age fort to the many religious ruins left by early Christian settlers.

The World of Emma Bridgewater

The World of Emma Bridgewater

Emma founded the company in 1985 and since then has designed a huge number of patterns, many no longer available. The very nature of pottery (i.e. it breaks!) also means that as time goes by less and less of the discontinued patterns are in existence, and are therefore more collectible.
Emma Bridgewater is the oldest daughter in a large family and her mother Char provided the first inspiration for her as a designer.

The Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework

The Royal School of Needlework is unique in the field of hand embroidery and has a wealth of experience and expertise accumulated over more than 130 years.

The early history of the RSN is linked with the social, cultural and political history of Victorian and Edwardian Britain. The RSN began as the School of Art Needlework in 1872 founded by Lady Victoria Welby. The first President was Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein, Queen Victoria’s third daughter, known to the RSN as Princess Helena.

Lush Designs Sophisticated Fun

Lush Designs Sophisticated Fun

Lampshades!!! Pillows!!! Tea Towels!!! Greeting Cards!!! …. And Much More!!!

Lush Designs is the creation of Marie Rodgers and Maria Livings. They design and manufacture homewares and gifts which feature our idiosyncratic print designs.

Bisque Dolls

Bisque Dolls

Bisque dolls ,with heads made from unglazed, tinted porcelain, are among the most elaborate and valuable of all collector’s dolls. The finest French bisques, made by leading makers such as Jumeau, Bru, Gaultier and Steiner, were expensive status symbols even when first made, and remained very much the province of pampered children from the most affluent homes.

The earliest French Bisques resembled fashionable ladies and came equipped with wardrobes of elaborate clothes, based on fashion plates of the day.