Category Archives: Textile

Sissel Blystad

For four decades Sissel Blystad has been a central figure within Scandinavian textile arts. She creates large scale tapestries and shaped textiles using bright colorful hand-dyed wool fiber on board. She is also one of the first textile artist to incorporate digital rendering as composition guide. Much of her ‘drawings with thread’ is abstract built on repetition of small elements. The artist who lives and works in Oslo was educated at the Crafts and Arts School and Bergen Handicrafts School.

Images: Courtesy of Sissel Blystad.

Rebecca Ringquist

Rebecca Ringquist is the Portland-based visual artist and teacher who created the amazing pieces shown above. She uses embroidery as a way of drawing creating colorful abstracts that are often biographical. She has also created these incredible samplers that are availbale in her Etsy shop, Dropcloth. On Chicago Arts-Lifestyle she says this about her interest of fiber arts:

“I found myself taking a very forward-thinking feminist art history class as an undergraduate at Cornell College. Women in Fabric, Fiction and Film explored the role embroidery played in colonial and Victorian times in the development of girls’ lives and the inculcation of femininity. Further, I spent a lot of time studying the feminist art movement of the 1970s.”

“Before this class I was very reluctant to sew, but I became interested in embroidery as a conceptual way to represent ideas about femininity in a subversive manner. I was so excited by the idea that the material could convey its own very important history and meaning.”

“I then attended the Art Institute as a grad student in Fiber and Material studies and began exploring these ideas further.”

You can find Rebecca Ringquist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Rebecca Ringquist.

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Leslie Keating

Found these great drop cloth wall art on Big Cartel and just had to find out more about the creator. Melbourne-based graphic designer turned textile designer Leslie Keating is the artist behind the brand Maze and Vale. Originally from Canada she designs, screen prints and creates
utilitarian goods with her fabric. We were attracted to her simple designs and use of muted coloration. On an interview with Flower Press she says this about her work and her favorite media:

“I’m a graphic designer turned textile designer, avid sewer and mother of two little girls. I’m drawn to muted colours, interesting angles, asymmetry, disarray in patterns, simplifying the most compelling forms of nature and screen printing it all by hand in my wee tiny studio (ahem, the third bedroom).”

“I loooooooooove fabric. LOVE. Always have really. Sewing is the first craft (and I’ve done/tried pretty much all of them) that I’ve been inspired to keep learning and continue to be thrilled by, because it lets me work with fabric and create things that are both beautiful and useful. And now that I can design and print my own textiles, in whatever colours I want, I’m pretty much in heaven.”

You can follow the artist on her blog, Facebook and Instagram. She has both a Big Cartel and an Etsy shop.

Images: Courtesy of Leslie Keating.