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.
Veroniqué Damart is a French textile and graphic designer with business experience in children’s high-end fashion. Living with her seamstress mother she showed a propensity for knitting, crochet, macramé, weaving and braiding. With her fashion training and personal background she launched Maillo Design, her “laboratory of textile design and poetic objects’. Her line consists of handmade baskets, decorative bottles, lampshades and accessories made with tinted vintage doilies.
You can see and purchase her work on her website and can also follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Maillo Design.
Admiring the sculptures and wall installations of Florida-based artist Jessica Drenk. The artist uses a variety of mass produced materials such as pencils, books, toilet paper, pvc pipes to create these incredible organic shapes. Her artist statement found in Galleries Urbane clearly explains her intent:
“My work is a response to, and experimentation with, materials. My inspiration comes from nature; I am constantly amazed by the diversity and beauty of the forms and patterns in nature. We often think of our immediate surroundings as being “man-made”, but man-made materials still behave according to the same principles as the natural world-they come from nature. Because nature is based on patterns and principles of organization, I look for man-made materials that might be manipulated according to similar patterns and principles.”
Images: Courtesy of Jessica Drenk.