UK-based textile artist, Matthew Harris, is widely recognized for his textile designs. However, we are featuring his work on paper on this post. His labor intensive fabric collages are dyed, cut and hand stitched but the process of drawing is essential to the finished pieces. He has developed a way to translate these markings and cartoons into cloth. Similar to his fabrics he cuts, patches, pleats and stitches paper to develop his abstract images. He tries whenever possible to exhibith both drawing and cloth together. We are posting some of his cloth work above.
Images: Courtesy of Matthew Harris.
Ruth Asawa, artist and educator, was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California, one of seven children. She is celebrated as a modernist sculptor but her art training at Black Mountain College in North Carolina was in basic design and drawing (some of her works on paper shown above). She never stopped creating drawings, paintings and sculptures and in her later years became an active proponent in art education. She writes this about her teaching philosophy based on her personal experience:
“A child can learn something about color, about design and about observing objects in nature. If you do that, you grow into a greater awareness of things around you. Art will make people better, more highly skilled in thinking and improving whatever business one goes into, or whatever occupation. It makes a person broader.”
Images: Courtesy of the Estate of Ruth Asawa.
We love the illustrations of Polish illustrator Gosia Herba but we’re focusing today on her sketches for her simplicity in approach and her unusual angular proportions. On an interview with Eye on Design (AIGA) she says this about her work:
“Illustration is my whole life,” she states. “I know that sounds banal, but it’s true. I draw everyday. I wake up at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:00 a.m. I start my work. My day usually ends at 8:00 p.m., though sometimes I work until midnight.”
“Experiments with media are an important stage of my work process. Each technique influences the style and character of the image. My favorite medium is gouache paint. I like its velvet-like color,” Herba explains. “I also use ink, paper cut-outs, and Ecoline. When working on illustration for magazines, I often use a graphic tablet.”
You can follow her on Behance, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram and purchase her prints and paintings on Etsy.
Images: Courtesy of Gosia Herba.