Category Archives: Fiber

Sissel Blystad

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

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.

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Rosie James

RosieJamesRosie James is a British textile artist, teacher and maker whose expertise is in embroidery, stitched thread, sewing and screen printing. Her work involves using a sewing machine as a drawing tool instead of a pen or pencil. She creates images using the stitched line and embellishes them with screen printing, applique, printed fabrics and computer embroidered elements. On an article in Visit Salford she explains her particular interest in figures and crowds:

“I am very interested in crowds and in particular looking at the individual within the crowd. I like to draw people out and about, but I am particularly interested in the details of life, the handbags, the clothes, the shoes, our hairstyles and the stuff we carry around with us; all the things which differentiate us from others. I use a camera to capture these scenes and then make drawings from the photographs. This means I can get all the details.”

You can follow the multi-disciplined artist on her website and on Facebook as well.

Images: Courtesy of Rosie James.