Links of Interest

‘Tikkun Olam’: Repairing the world a stitch at a time

“A sewing bee that can help mend our society”: Textile artist Bonnie Meltzer and a lot of helpers transform a giant parachute into a symbol of hope at the Jewish Museum.

Spinning yarns with Sheila Hicks

“I have come to interview the artist, but whatever I had planned to ask dissolves in this office of soft forms and slow adventure.”

Royal School of Needlework

The International Centre of Excellence for the Art of Hand Embroidery since 1872.

Based at the magnificent Hampton Court Palace we offer a thriving education programme for everyone from beginner to degree level. We teach Online and onsite at venues across the UK in Hampton Court Palace (London), Portsmouth, Bristol, Durham and Glasgow as well as internationally in America and Japan. We also host an annual Summer School.

Our renowned Embroidery Studio creates stunning bespoke embroidery for fashion, art and royalty, as well as expertly restoring and conserving valuable and historical embroidered pieces.

Seneca artist uses blankets, sewing circles for inspiration

Seneca artist Marie Watt is having a real moment in the art world. After decades of teaching she is making art from organic experiences of sewing circles and stacked blankets that create sunrises.

Her work is in multiple museum collections, she was featured in the knockout show, “Larger Than Memory” at the Heard Museum last year, has two current museum exhibits, and had a solo booth exhibit at the recent Armory Show in New York City.

Her work is based on blankets and sewing and the community that arises from those items and activities. Her roots on Turtle Island loom large as well.

2,000 Sheets of Wrinkled Rice Paper Drape Around a Monumental Installation by Zhu Jinshi

More than 12,000 sheets of delicate Xuan paper form the ruffled exterior of Zhu Jinshi’s suspended “Boat” sculpture. The renowned artist, who’s currently living and working in his hometown of Beijing, is widely regarded for pioneering Chinese abstract art, and this monumental installation from 2015 is a reflection of his conceptual, meditative practice.

Trish Anderson, Stitch by Stitch

As an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in Dalton, Georgia “The Carpet Capital of the World”, Trish Andersen’s initial attraction to the process of tufting was a means to reconnect with and explore her roots. Years after attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and moving on to live and work in Brooklyn, New York, she began using the medium as an examination of the notion that a thing or a way of being can run in our blood; that perhaps by observing the characteristics of personal origin and establishing commonality and community around those that reverberate in the present, one may be able to begin unearthing the elusive authentic self.

Xenobia Bailey

Primary Fiber Art Project; PARADISE UNDER RECONSTRUCTION IN THE AESTHETIC OF FUNK: 1999 – present: Designing Dreams out of Nightmares. A crochet and domestic textile research and development practice, studying the Black Power Counter Culture Fiber Arts & Crafts movement Bailey experienced in the 1960’s and 70’s and the African DNA inheritance in the African American Homemaker/Caregiver/Domestic Worker ( The artist’s mother ) who ignited a frequency of everyday ‘Black Joy”, into environments, creating models of how to bring value to the undervalued discards, by remixing found objects into wonders to have and behold and cherished in a graciously meek home, ( an early historical African American folkway,) while resisting generational affliction and oppression.

Maria Guzmán Capron’s Deliciously Tactile Fabric Figures, or “Hot Aliens”

Maria Guzmán Capron’s fantastical, colorful textiles are a lot of fun to look at. The artist’s solo exhibition Olas Malcriadas at Texas State Galleries is filled with deliciously tactile, collaged fabric figures that smirk, crouch, and embrace across the gallery’s walls and floor. The title of the show — loosely translated from Spanish as “Naughty Waves” in English — is apt: Guzmán Capron might know the rules, but she chooses, happily, to break them. Her picaresque personas are fascinating and funny, but they also offer us work that feels distinctly fresh and new.

Tufts of Printed Fabric Form Colorful Mixed-Media Portraits by Marcellina Oseghale Akpojotor

Using scraps of vibrant Ankara fabric, Lagos-based artist Marcellina Oseghale Akpojotor fashions intimate portraits that consider the fragmented and varied inner lives of her subjects. The intricately composed depictions rely on a cacophony of patterns arranged in loose ripples and tufts, creating a patchwork of color and texture. Although the textiles are Dutch in origin—they’re colloquially known as “African print fabrics”—they have a strong cultural significance, and by piecing together the assorted motifs, Akpojotor establishes a shared visual memory.

Fiber-Based Wall Hangings Blend Weaving, Macramé, and Crochet into Striking Bouquets

Opting for yarn and rovings of raw wool dyed in natural pigments, Korean-American artist Alyssa Ki crafts fiber-based wall hangings reminiscent of bouquets and overgrown patches of wildflowers. The perpetually blooming pieces blend multiple textile techniques and are teeming with macramé, needle-felted, and crocheted botanicals that sprout from a thick, woven foundation. Hanging from a knotty branch or bound by a ribbon, the floral works are ripe with color and texture.