Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani contemporary visual artist who is best known for his surrealist weavings which integrate visual distortions into traditional oriental rugs. He alters the patterns with digital manipulation, pixelation, and distortion. Ahmed’s designs are then manufactured by a group of skilled weavers paying strict attention to traditional Azerbaijani weaving techniques. In 2004 this internationally-recognized artist graduated from the sculpture program at the Azerbaijani State Academy of Fine Art in Baku. He has since exhibited worldwide in group and solo exhibitions. On an interview with Textile Artist he is quoted as follows:
“Being an artist is not just a job or a profession – It’s a lifestyle. Neither art education or studio work can make you an artist. You have to think as an artist and live a life of an artist to become one. It’s a type of thinking.”
“Things that you need are always surrounded by tons of trash. So, try everything. Never be afraid to experiment. To make really good art you have to get free of all the strings made of concepts and cliché.”
More of his work can be found on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Faig Ahmed.
Debbie Smyth is textile artist most identifiable by her statement thread drawings. Her contemporary artwork are created by stretching a network of threads between accurately plotted pins. Her work encompasses large-scale wall installations and smaller framed pieces for interiors. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has created commissioned work for major companies. On Barcelona-based magazine, Metal, she says this about her creative process:
“Firstly I do a lot of research, sketches, photos, etc. I then scan all my drawings and begin to piece together compositions to suit the size of the artwork or the shape of the room. With installations, the shape of the space is always the main factor which comes in to play when composing the artwork. I always like to create perspective and create illusions of depth within an artwork. I then go through a thorough planning and plotting process and finally when I am happy with the piece and the planning at a small size, I am ready start pinning/threading. I then begin to upscale the piece from my plans to the wall/backboard. Plotting an outline initially and then filling in places, and building up density, literally drawing with the thread.”
You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Debbie Smyth.
Loving the geometric compositions of Dutch illustrator/designer/artist Louis Reith. The Amsterdam-based artist create drawings, collages, paintings and installations. The abstract compositions are linked to his fascination with every aspect of the printed book. On an interview with LVL3 he says this about his process:
“It really depends on what I’m working on. The source material for my collages is derived from vintage books, in which not only subject and size play a role, but also the printing technique and color. The books are stripped from their covers and subject to observant deconstruction. What remains are loose pages and spreads that are processed, with their actual compositions as a coincidental starting point. It’s really about observing, shifting, thinking and taking time, letting it rest before I make the final decisions.”
More of his work can be viewed on his website and on Instagram.
Images: Courtesy of Louis Reith.