Category Archives: Mixed Media

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.

Jai Vasicek

Jai-VasicekThese ceramic crosses are the creations of Australia-based artist, Jai Vasicek. The mixed media artist is well known for his decorative tiles, crosses and textiles available in his shop, Ahoy Trader. On an interview with The Design Files he describes his work as follows:

“I dabbled in so many mediums but currently I am exploring the use of ceramic tiles. I would say I am heavily influenced by tribal colours and motifs. I think I do have a very rustic style, but also think my work is quite undefined. I’m a big collector of discarded pieces, for example if my Mum smashed a plate by accident, I would always see beauty in the broken pieces and try to capture these elements by using them to create some a collaged piece or big ceramic artwork.”

Images: Courtesy of Jai Vasicek and Ahoy Traders.