Cas Holmes

How does this artist select, apply and alter their chosen materials? Overview Cas Holmes is an UK artist who exhibits, teaches and runs projects throughout the world, and in collaboration with other artists. The statement on her website: “Paint dye, layer and stitch are combined with discarded cloth, paper and found materials to create unique … More Cas Holmes

New Ideas in Fusing Fabric by Margaret Beal

I needed to research using a soldering iron to further my TRANSLUCENCE investigations. What a boon to find Margaret Beal’s work! I purchased her New Ideas in Fusing Fabric: Creative cutting, bonding and mark-making with the soldering iron (2013) published by Batsford, one of their wonderful series of fabric covered textile art books. After an … More New Ideas in Fusing Fabric by Margaret Beal

Peter Clark

Overview Peter Clark is a British collage artist based in London, originally from Yorkshire. He held senior artistic positions at major television production houses and focused on television and advertising for most his career. However, in 1999, he began making commissioned collages. This is now his full-time occupation (EIL, nd). Artist’s statement: “I create in … More Peter Clark

Angie Lewin

One of weaknesses I identified in my drawing, was echoed by my lecturer: “These drawings have become quite controlled in your application of media so I would urge you to try and loosen up even when recording specific detail of your subject matter” I was referred to Angie Lewin, “as reference to an artist that … More Angie Lewin

Mary Elizabeth Barron

Overview Mary Elizabeth Barron is an artist based in Logan, Queensland who makes bobbin lace from plastic bags. Works When I saw this post on Facebook, announcing Barron’s exhibition in Logan, it intrigued me, as I was working with a antique bobbin lace handkerchief made in the 1920s by my husband’s grandmother. The videos on … More Mary Elizabeth Barron

What is Drawing?

Had I not listened to Alison Carlier’s Jerwood Drawing Prize entry (an audio description), I might have included “marks” or “visual” in my definition. However, she blew apart all such ideas. Her drawing does not require information to be acquired through the optic nerve. So more general words, such as “depiction” or “visualisation” seem more … More What is Drawing?

Wabi Sabi

Consider the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’. “Wabi-sabi is a beauty of imperfect, impermanent and incomplete” (Koren, p. 7) is the usual definition of the Japanese aesthetic arising from the ancient tea ceremonies. After reading Koren’s little book, my understanding of wabi-sabi is that it is as much about the viewer as the object being viewed. … More Wabi Sabi

Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing

Exercise 1.8 Portray your visual source through your own self-directed drawing approach. Purpose/Outcome The over-arching purpose my approach will be to create a floral design for wallpaper or furnishing fabric. This roots the task in textile design considerations. Methodology My overall approach is: * to gain familiarity with my subject by producing drawings of the … More Exercise 1.8 Portraying by Drawing

Elizabeth Blackadder

Research Why are floral/leaf motifs so important, dominant or recurring in this artist’s work? Iris Oncocylus, 1996 Elizabeth Blackadder is a Scottish artist born in Falkirk in 1931. She is one of the “most prominent Scottish artists alive today” (Browse and Derby) and the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Scottish Academy … More Elizabeth Blackadder