All posts tagged: textile artist

Link Love - art, essays, gardening, upcycling, embroidery

Link Love | 4 Stories that Caught my Eye

From top left to right: Some people in Bucharest live below ground in the sewers. Milan-based artist Biancoshock turns abandoned manholes into mini rooms to raise awareness of those living in the sewers. Biancoshock specialises in urban interventions. Learn more at Lost at E Minor. If you love a good read and sometimes tire of a lengthy book, essays are the new go-to. Yen Magazine has rounded up a series of enlightening, heartfelt and inspiring essays that can be enjoyed in one sitting. Be warned: you may need tissues. Sticking with the typewriter theme, here’s a way to give an old typewriter a new look and purpose. If you’d rather keep your typewriter intact, there’s all sorts of old furniture-turned-garden upcycling in this article. Don’t want your sofa? Transform it into a daffodil plot. What about that abandoned shopping trolley? Filled with flowers, it’s never looked better. Get inspired at Bored Panda. If you prefer far less maintenance with your plants, Maryland-based photographer and artist Emma Mattson, has the answer with her embroidered moss gardens or, as she …

Tethered series of artworks by Jane Theau

Visual Artist: Jane Theau Re-imagines Rubbish

Some things are infinitely better when seen in person and Sydney-based artist Jane Theau’s latest exhibition, Sunbaking in Oslo, is one of those things. Focusing on  ‘consumption and the unsustainability of economic growth’, Jane creates thought-provoking art using collected rubbish with a dash of humour to make us consider the impact we are having on the environment. Says Jane: ‘The more we produce and consume, the more the climate is in crisis. We need to shop less, or we will soon be sunbaking in Oslo’. And photographs just don’t do her work justice. While the pieces in her Tethered series are created from only thread, wire and tartalan – a type of muslin used to wipe ink from printing plates which she collects from the garbage bins of the print room in Sydney’s College of Fine Arts – they are far more complex, powerful and fascinating to both make and experience.  Paper-thin but strong, the tartalan figures hang from the ceiling by fishing wire and when lit create shadows on the wall. They are life-like, life-size and represent, says Jane, ‘ a …

Sea Art by Jacqueline Fink and Lara Hutton

Interview: Jacqueline Fink | Extreme Knitting

While the world misses nothing because I cannot knit (trust me), it is a much better place because Jacqueline Fink of Little Dandelion can. And we’re not just talking normal knitting here. We’re talking Extreme Knitting (which does require the use of capitals) using unspun wool and industrial-sized needles, 110 cm long and 50 mm in diameter, weighing 550 g per stick. It sounds crazy but the results are amazing. What is also amazing is how she ended up where she is today and the incredible journey she went on with her mother that helped kick-start a new career. She literally dreamed big. From non-creative lawyer to extreme knitter working in an over-sized ‘woolly world’, Jacqueline Fink is truly inspiring. Tell us about yourself and your background. I live in Sydney with my hubby, three children, two cats and a gorgeous stray puppy we found just after Christmas. I’m a former lawyer turned creative. I launched Little Dandelion in April 2012 after conceiving the idea two years previously. It may seem like a rapid trajectory but it took two years of intense experimentation …

Koi Girl Vintage Kimono Bags

Interview: Koi Girl | Vintage Kimono Bags and Accessories

When I first spotted Tanya Stewart-Carter’s Koi Girl brand while surfing the web I was at first attracted to the beautiful photography accompanying her store and then to her hand-crafted purses, bags and clutches made from vintage Kimono and Obi fabrics, their bright and intricate designs telling stories of times past. With a background of time spent in Japan and a love of fashion, Tanya decided to meld the two with her business she started in 2008, in Perth, Australia. What’s your background and how have you ended up where you are today? My name is Tanya and I have a handbag and accessory label called Koi Girl. I ended up here because of my love of fashion, design and art. I’ve always loved fashion, especially vintage fashion, and always wanted to do something creative in that field. I am also in love with Japan and, in particular, Japanese textiles from the kimono and obi. I studied fashion and textiles, and silk painting for the kimono. I started Koi Girl because I really wanted to recycle vintage kimono …