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Category Archive: Textile art

Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber

Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber

Deep in a Birch Wood. Hand embroidery by American artist of applied art Martha Fieber

Hand embroidery by Martha Fieber at first glance may look like an oil painting. But if you come closer, you will see the thin stitches of detailed embroidery. Sitting in her living room Martha Fieber turns strands of ribbons and threads into a forest scene. She uses the lake and forest outside their Schoolcraft County home for inspiration in her artwork. American self-taught artist of applied art and former engineer Martha Fieber creates fiber landscape art that she sells at art shows and galleries for her business, Landscape in Thread. Her husband Leonard constructs unique pieces of furniture made from wood cut by beavers for his business Beawer Chew Furniture. Their artwork evolved out of a need to make a living after leaving their job in 1999 in Wisconsin and returning to the Upper Peninsula to be near Martha’s family.
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Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova

The pull of the Earth. Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova

The pull of the Earth. Wool painting by Russian artist Lyubov Khitkova

Wool painting by Lyubov Khitkova. Talented Russian artist of applied art Lyubov Khitkova was born in the old city of Rybinsk. She graduated from Graphic Department of the Vladimir State Pedagogical Institute. Lyubov Khitkova worked with tapestry, batik, Vladimir sewing. In the gallery of Lyubov’s art works are also paintings, illustrations, watercolors. After the Institute she taught fine art and sketching. Since 2005 she has worked and exhibited in the artist’s technique of wool paintings, mosaic of wool, she calls it “fredpoint”. Lyubov Khitkova’s artworks are in private collections in Russia, Europe, Middle East, and Australia.
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Tapestry by Andrey Madekin

'Wanderer' 200x140 cm, 2013. Tapestry by Andrey Madekin

‘Wanderer’ 200×140 cm, 2013. Tapestry by Andrey Madekin, Russian artist of applied art

Tapestry by Andrey Madekin
For nearly 30 years Russian artist of applied art Andrey Madekin has woven about forty large tapestries (three square meters) and approximately the same number of small, within one square meter. The main topic for him is Biblical and ancient mythology. Tapestry by Andrey Madekin is inspired by the works of the ancient civilizations of Egypt, India, the Byzantine iconographic canon. Also by works of masters of the twentieth century – Cubists and meta physicians of early twentieth century – Picasso, Braque, Chirico.
Born in 1963 in Moscow, Andrey Madekin grew up in a family of textile workers. His great-grandfather – Pavel Nikanorovich Derbenyov before the 1917 revolution was a major textile entrepreneur, from 1894 to 1905 was mayor of Ivanovo-Voznesensk, now the city of Ivanovo. Madekin graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts of the Moscow Institute of Technology (MGUS) in 1985. He became a member of the Union of Artists of Russia in 1990. In 2003 worked as a chief artist of the Russian units in the American company “Carpets Design Company”.
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Textiles art by Sophie Standing

Black-Rhino. Textile embroidery by British fine artist Sophie Standing

Black-Rhino. Textile embroidery by British fine artist Sophie Standing

Textile art by Sophie Standing is complex collages of cloth. British fine artist Sophie Standing was born and raised in England, in the county of Hampshire. In 2003 she moved to South Africa and now lives in Kenya. Variety of African flora and fauna, and passion for fabrics and textiles motivated her to create a stunning gallery of animals and landscapes, embroidered in a unique technique. Sophie Standing studied wood, metal, ceramics and textiles art at Liverpool Hope University. Sophie has worked with different mediums, including ceramics, stained glass windows, weaving, dress making and finally – textile art. The works of fine artist Sophie Standing can be found at art exhibitions and private collections in Kenya, South Africa, UK and Germany.
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Textile animals by Karen Nicol

Textile animals by Australian artist Karen Nicol

Textile animals by Australian artist Karen Nicol

Australian artist of applied art Karen Nicol was fascinated by the work with textile materials in early childhood, because her mother and sister were professional embroiderers. Surrounded by pieces of fabric and all kinds of accessories, the child used them for her play, not even noticing how the game turned into a lifelong passion. Today art career of Nicole has over 40 years of experience and many hundreds of textile products: dresses, accessories, from brooches to bags, textile flowers and decorative panels depicting stylized animals. Textile animals by Karen Nicol attract people at fairs and are gladly bought up in the galleries, as it is not a formal copy of the animal form, but creatively processed image.
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Batik by Yuko Nakata

Batik by Japanese artist Yuko Nakata

Batik by Japanese artist Yuko Nakata

Batik by Yuko Nakata. Batik – a technique of wax resist dyeing of fabric (silk, cotton, wool) is an ancient art form. Batik making tradition exists in many countries – China, India, Nigeria, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Philippines, but the batik of Indonesia made in the island of Java, is the most well-known. Indonesian batik has a long history of acculturation, influenced by a variety of cultures. It is the most developed in patterns, technique, and the quality. On October 2009, UNESCO recognized Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Japanese artist Yuko Nakata studied traditional drawing skills of batik in Indonesia (Bali), the birthplace of this form of art. Having mastered the art, she became the author of many books on batik, winner of numerous prizes and awards, and the instructor of Indonesian batik in Sapporo, Japan.
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Realistic embroidery by Elza

A blue Jay. Embroidery by Elza, South Africa

A blue Jay. Embroidery by Elza, South Africa

My first glance when scrolling Facebook timeline made me think that it’s a beautiful photograph of a bird. This colorful bird is in fact a realistic stitch work by a self-taught artist of applied art Elza. Talented craftswoman Elza shares the images of her embroidery on Facebook page. Elza lives in Cape Town, South Africa, engaged in animalistic stitch. Realistic embroidery by Elza is not for sale, she is just enjoying her hobby. She has taught herself mostly from books an magazines and then applied that knowledge plus her own ideas to her embroidery.
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