If money was no object, these textile studies by Gunta Stölzl would hang on our walls. The German textile designer and weaver played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. Her work typifies the distinctive style of Bauhaus textiles. She created immense change within the textile field by uniting art practices with traditional textile techniques. She was the only woman to teach at the Bauhaus and became the first woman Master at the school. She has also written a book covering her teaching tenure called, “Gunta Stölzl: Bauhaus Master”.
Images: Courtesy of guntastölzl.org.
For four decades Sissel Blystad has been a central figure within Scandinavian textile arts. She creates large scale tapestries and shaped textiles using bright colorful hand-dyed wool fiber on board. She is also one of the first textile artist to incorporate digital rendering as composition guide. Much of her ‘drawings with thread’ is abstract built on repetition of small elements. The artist who lives and works in Oslo was educated at the Crafts and Arts School and Bergen Handicrafts School.
Images: Courtesy of Sissel Blystad.
Rebecca Ringquist is the Portland-based visual artist and teacher who created the amazing pieces shown above. She uses embroidery as a way of drawing creating colorful abstracts that are often biographical. She has also created these incredible samplers that are availbale in her Etsy shop, Dropcloth. On Chicago Arts-Lifestyle she says this about her interest of fiber arts:
“I found myself taking a very forward-thinking feminist art history class as an undergraduate at Cornell College. Women in Fabric, Fiction and Film explored the role embroidery played in colonial and Victorian times in the development of girls’ lives and the inculcation of femininity. Further, I spent a lot of time studying the feminist art movement of the 1970s.”
“Before this class I was very reluctant to sew, but I became interested in embroidery as a conceptual way to represent ideas about femininity in a subversive manner. I was so excited by the idea that the material could convey its own very important history and meaning.”
“I then attended the Art Institute as a grad student in Fiber and Material studies and began exploring these ideas further.”
You can find Rebecca Ringquist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Rebecca Ringquist.