Category Archives: Fiber Arts

Eriko Watabe

Looks like we have another craft to learn, Nanduti lace. The name means “spider web” in the indigenous language of Paraguay.  The lace is worked on tightly stretched frame and are released by cutting away the backing fabric.  The samples shown above are the work of Japanese Nanduti artist, Eriko Watabe. She sells elegant accessories under her brand name Puka.

The artist can be followed on Facebook and Instagram.  She also has a shop here on Japanese Base shop select market.

Images:  Courtesy of Eriko Watabe.

Judit Just

Impressed by these brightly colored woven tapestries created by North Carolina-based textile artist Judit Just.  Originally from Barcelona she studied fashion design, sculpture and textile art specializing in weaving and embroidery. She grew up surrounded by textiles and actually learned weaving craftsmanship through her mom when she was little.  On Sarah K. Benning blog she says this about dealing with imitators:

“My best strategy is not be afraid and keep working no matter what. I’ve found that if you really want your business to succeed, it’s really important to be unique. Try to offer a very specific kind of product. Do not copy. Study your competition and do the opposite. Be original and believe in your work, no matter what. And try not to get too inspired on someone else’s work. Ultimately, just keep working and creating. Keeping my hands busy is what helps me the most to keep my mind clear and focused.”

You can see more of her work on Instagram and Tumblr.  Some of her pieces can be purchased in her Etsy shop, Jujujust.

Images:  Courtesy of Judit Just.

Molly Burgess

Admiring these soft sculptures created by Grand Rapids native, Molly Burgess.  This fiber artist’s love of nature and science led her to making insects, arachnid and especially moths.  She incorporates hand embroidery, machine stitching, painting, dying and wire work to form her creations.  In her bio she writes this about the moth:

“Many types of moths—including my favorite the luna moth—only live a couple of weeks after they emerge. I found it interesting that the part of their lives where they are the most beautiful is also the most fleeting. My work is definitely influenced by a desire to create a lasting representation of that beauty.”

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  She has an Etsy shop but currently has no listing.

Images:  Courtesy of Molly Burgess.