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Category Archive: Textile art

Fabric relief illustrations by Salley Mavor

Fabric relief illustrations by Salley Mavor

Fabric relief illustration by Salley Mavor

Fabric relief illustrations by Salley Mavor will take you back to a time in your childhood when it was still possible to be an independent, imaginative child who roamed the neighborhood and woods with abandon. There is a magic in childhood and Salley captures it in the most enchanting manner with her beautiful works. American artist of applied art has had a life-long fascination with little things and needlework. Studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, she rediscovered her childhood delight in sewing and creating miniature scenes. The craftswoman herself named her technique Fabric Relief 35 years ago. She works in her home studio on Cape Cod, in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
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William Morris Textiles and Wallpaper

Blackthorn. William Morris. Manufacturer Morris & Company, designed 1892. Medium - Block-printed wallpaper

Blackthorn. William Morris. Manufacturer Morris & Company, designed 1892. Medium – Block-printed wallpaper. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has held William Morris Textiles and Wallpaper exhibition since February 3 (through July 20), 2014. English textile designer William Morris (1834–1896) was the leader of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the second half of the 19th century. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional textile arts and methods of production in Britain. His enterprise, originally founded as Morris, Marshall, Faulkner, in 1861, became Morris & Company in 1875. They produced a variety of decorative arts, with textiles and wallpapers comprising a large portion of their artistic output. In 1923, the Metropolitan acquired the institution’s first examples from the oeuvre of Morris & Company, and a selection of these are shown in the exhibition.
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Russian Medieval Embroidery art

St. Sergius of Radonezh and Scenes from His Life. Russian Medieval Embroidery art

St. Sergius of Radonezh and Scenes from His Life. Pall. 1671. Detail. Donated by Anna Ivanovna Stroganova

Russian Medieval Embroidery art of the I5th – I7th centuries have unsurpassed historic and artistic value. The collection of Sergiev Posad Museum, which is in the old city of Sergiyev Posad in Moscow region, founded in 15th century, presents various figurative and ornamental compositions embroidered in multicolored silks, gold and silver thread and pearls. It acquaints with an original sphere of Russian medieval art, which had much in common with icon-painting and folk art. The embroidered items were greatly appreciated and carefully preserved: icon-cloths, palls and shrouds, icons, ancient books and church vessels of precious metals.
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Felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva

Mother cat with her kittens. Felted composition by Russian artist of applied art Irina Andreeva

Mother cat with her kittens. Felted composition by Russian artist of applied art Irina Andreeva

They are not toys, not souvenirs and not even interior decoration items, this is felted sculpture by Irina Andreeva, Russian artist of applied art. All that is shown below, made ​​of simple material suitable for creativity – felt. Irina has created the whole gallery of cows, butterflies, pieces of furniture, dolls, and finally, the whole composition of felt. Talented craftswoman Irina Andreeva graduated from graphic arts department of the Pedagogical University in the city of Izhevsk, Russia. Recently, along with her husband and young son she has moved to Moscow and became at once a participant of art festivals. Her art works made her the winner of the International Festival of the author textile dolls “Eve’s Rib”.
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Antique European embroidery art

Garden of Eden, last quarter of 16th century. England

Garden of Eden, last quarter of 16th century. England

The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibits a unique collection of Antique European embroidery art of 15-19 centuries. The most striking sample of antique embroidery art is “Garden of Eden”, made in the 16th century in England. This panel is decorated with small elements—fruits, flowers, and leaves, worked in tent stitch on canvas and then applied to the dark velvet foundation on which was worked the river in the Garden of Eden, the figures of Adam and Eve, and God the Father, in polychrome silk and metal threads. The garden is monumental, almost overwhelming the figures.
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Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris

Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris

Hedgehog with an apple. Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris, Belgian artist of applied art

First of all, Stumpwork embroidery by Christine Paris, artist of applied art from Belgium is incredible. These stitched figures of squirrels, hedgehogs, and birds rising from the surface to form a 3-dimensional effect, look so realistic. In appearance, this type of embroidery is somewhat reminiscent of a bas-relief or sculpture. Maybe that’s why it bears a strange name, composed of two English words “stump” and “work.” The techniques of stumpwork differs, depending on material used in it – wire, rubber, textile, and anything that can create a 3D effect. Stitches are worked around pieces of wire, then applied to the main body of work by piercing the background fabric and securing tightly. Meanwhile, a master can create other shapes using padding under the stitches, usually in the form of felt layers sewn one upon the other in increasingly smaller sizes. And finally, the master then covers felt with a layer of embroidery stitches.
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Dolce & Gabbana Applied Art

Dolce & Gabbana Applied art

Milan, Italy. Dolce & Gabbana Applied Art. Fall-Winter 2014/2015 Artful collection

Dolce & Gabbana Applied Art
Fall-Winter 2014/2015 luxurious collection demonstrates inspiration with applied art and its triumph – Fingerless gloves, embroidered with beads and stones, handbags and shoes in stones and rhinestones, coats and jackets with embroidery, whimsical floral appliques and prints – a truly amazing collection in detail for inspiration and creativity. As always, Dolce & Gabbana was creative, luxurious and fairy-tale like, from “Once upon a time in Sicily…” beginning. The ‘key’ motif was literally the key itself, gold key prints covered beautiful textile.
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