Botany and entomology are the predominant themes in the embroideries of UK-based textile artist, Adam Pritchett. He studied fine arts at a university and discovered a fascination with hand embroidery after graduating. We get a personal glimpse of the artist in an interview on The Collative blog:
“I’ve always had an interest in textiles in other forms, like knitting and weaving, so embroidery just seemed to be another that really captured my curiosity. It’s a very slow type of art to make, and although it may be relatively straightforward to learn, takes a great deal of time and practice to perfect. It’s taken me around three or four years from first learning, to now.”
“In terms of developing a style of your own, I found this difficult at first, the best way to find your style is to stitch subjects/images that you find interesting and that you want to interpret and just keep working on those subjects. My spiders are my most successful pieces, and I began them completely by accident playing around with fabric, and they continued to grow and change over the last few years. Experiment and have fun with it!”
You can follow the artist on his website, Facebook and Instagram. Some of his pieces can be purchased on his Etsy shop, The Old Needle.
Images: Courtesy of Adam Pritchett.
The paper cut repeated patterns attracted us to the work of UK-based illustrator, paper cut engineer and paper cut artist, Shobhna Patel. She invented a paper-engineering technique called the “paperscope” which is utilized in many of the books she has produced. Her incredible body of work is not only beautiful but also intricate, complex and captivating.
You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Shobhna Patel.
Debbie Smyth is a textile artist known notably for her pin and thread drawings. She creates the artwork by stretching a network of threads between accurately placed pins. The artist has worked with high profile companies and has exhibited nationally and internationally. In her own words she describes her work:
“On first glance, it can look like a mass of threads but as you get closer sharp lines come into focus, creating a spectacular image. The images are first plotted out before being filled out with the thread, the sharp angles contrasting with the floating ends of the thread. And despite the complexity of the lengthy process I try to capture a great feeling of energy and spontaneity, and, in some cases, humour.”
” I feel as if I am taking thread out of its comfort zone, presenting it on monumental scale and creating an eye-catching, and in some case jaw dropping effect.”
More of her work can be viewed on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.