Category Archives: Textile

Choi So Young

Choi So Young is a contemporary artist from Korea. She is best known for her urban landscape compositions made from discarded denim clothing and acrylic paint.  She explores city life in range of highly textural and detailed works.  Every button, seam, pocket, and belt loop find its place to depict a specific detail of a picture — they become a street, a window or a building. The Korean artist often ‘draws’ her hometown of Busan, the second largest city of the Republic of Korea and its largest port. She has exhibited in many art fairs and her work has sold in auctions at staggering prices.  Unfortunately, we have not located a website for her.

Images:  Courtesy of Choi So Young.

Special FRESH

We like this line of handmade bags from the Japanese brand, Special FRESH.  The maker creates them with a collage of fabric scraps embellished with stitches, embroidery, appliqué and pom poms.  Each item is one-of-a-kind and impossible to mass produce.  Her line includes bags, pillows, book covers and scarves. As per most of the Japanese maker sites the creator remains unknown.  

However you can view more of her work on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Items  can be purchased on Japanese handmade market sites, Creema, Iichi and Minne.  For overseas shipping, please contact them before purchasing. 

Images:  Courtesy of Special FRESH.

Maryam Ashkanian

Iranian fiber artist Maryam Ashkanian is the artist behind Sleep Series, a collection of pillows with portraits of sleeping people stitched onto them using a sewing machine.  Little hints of the sleeper’s personality are presented by the way the pillow is designed—from a flowered watch on one’s wrist, to a ruffle that encircles that pillow’s outer edge. The artist has an academic background in painting and brings that painterly touch to the work.  On Kashya Hildebrand website Ashkanian discusses her history with fabric: 

“My mother’s village is in Gilan (Caspian area), which is one of the main places in Iran for sewing. My childhood was embedded in textiles and sewing. Until I started at the fine arts university, I did not realize it was possible to use textiles as a medium, so I used oil painting at first. Later, I realized that oil paint was not my vision of the world. It took me awhile to understand and realize the numerous possibilities and the flexibility that textiles and sewing could bring to my practice. There were some things I couldn’t achieve in oil painting that I can with textiles.” 

You can follow the artist on her website and on Instagram.

Images:  Courtesy of Maryam Ashkanian.

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