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.
French graphic designer and artist Xavier Casalta uses a stippling technique with black ink and
thousands of tiny dots requiring as the top illustration says great “patience and discipline”. He uses a 0.10mm pen to create incredible hand lettering and illustrations with most pieces needing hundreds of hours to produce. On Kuuva blog he says this about his process:
“I started (hand-lettering) with solid black, but I’ve always been attracted to realistic drawings. I tried different techniques and the stippling one appeared to be my favourite. Not the best one for productivity but the rendering is really interesting.”
“I guess the process is pretty basic. I start with a simple sketch, with not a lot of details. Once it’s done, I start inking with a first layer to figure out how to place my shadows and volumes. I try to work on small zones to keep the illustration as detailed as possible. Once it’s finished, I clear the entire piece with an eraser.”
You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook, Behance and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Xavier Casalta.