Category Archives: Mixed Media

Matt W. Moore

Visual artist Matt W. Moore stepped away from his vibrant geometric paintings and street art to create these impressive organic mandalas. This ‘Mosaic Mandala Series’ was created with found natural elements and skillfully arranged into fascinating geometric designs. On his website he explains the project as follows:

“Having spent most of my recent years in cities, and many of my recent months indoors during the wintertime painting on canvas and paper, I decided it was a good play to take full advantage of the sunshine and wilderness and develop a series that would allow me to explore the beauty of Utah, create work with my hands, and celebrate the native color palette of the landscape.”

“This series of mosaic mandalas was created entirely with elements foraged on the mountain and in the valley : River pebbles and stones, shale, red rocks from the high elevations, dead branches from aspen trees, bark from evergreens, cattails from the lake’s edge, dried wild grasses from yesteryear, and cut dead branches exposing the rings of the tree’s life. Everything was right there for me, all I had to do was notice it’s potential.”

You can see more of his work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Matt W. Moore.

Ali Ferguson

Admiring these wooden samplers created by UK-based textile artist, Ali Ferguson.
The unique samplers are inspired by “stories from the sewing box”. A huge fan of junk shops and markets she creates the patterns using vintage fabrics, hand embroidered table linens, lace and a variety of found materials. On an interview with Textile Artist she says this about her work:

“Although I would describe myself as a textile artist, I work with a variety of materials. I always incorporate hand stitch into my pieces and I think, for me, this is one of the most important elements. There is something very personal about making your own mark with needle and thread.”


“My choice of materials is influenced by my theme. For example a couple of years ago I was part of an exhibiting group who were working towards an exhibition entitled “Environment”. I chose to explore this by working with driftwood and exploring how I could stitch into it, stitch pieces of wood together and transfer photographic images onto it. This was the start of my “Environmentals” series of driftwood pieces. I am currently back working with wood as I am just starting a series of “Patchwood Quilts” or samplers made from bed slats. This is exciting me greatly and I have loads of further developments buzzing around my head at the moment.”

“As to techniques – let’s just say that these current pieces involve a great deal of drilling!”

You can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Ali Ferguson.

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.