Artist & Textiles Designers

Emily Barlette:

I love the work of New York base textiles artist Emily Barlette. I find her work to be stunning and like the fact she also enjoys stitching on paper, instead of the traditional methods of fabric. I decided to look at Barlette, work to provide me with some inspiration for my own stitching within this project. I was thinking of the pattern I needed to create, to represent my career path and liked her styles of stitching. I am really impressed by Barlette, stitching and it has inspired my front cover, the handmade ‘Quilt’ book.

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More of Emily Barletter stitching techniques:

Barlette described her process as, “I never ever use a pattern. Planning things from the start = bad art. I create specific pleasing object over and over again with as much variation as possible. Generally, I have no idea how something will look until it is finished.”

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Alice Kettle:

I came across Alice Kettle work when I was studying my Art Foundation. I loved Kettle, method of repeatedly stitching over certain areas of her pieces, giving her work a three-dimensional surface and helps to create shadows. Kettle, discovered that her love for textiles, the style in which, she works ‘over painting stitching’ is the, medium that defines her identity now. “A piece can develop from one thread.”

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Tracey Emin:

What I find interesting about Tracey Emin, is the fact she, is the subject of her quilts. The quilts, represent her life, from living in Margate, to heart break, drinking, and the more tragic experiences, she has gone through, such as being raped, and the abortion she decided to have. She has intertwine her personal life and your art together. My interpretation of Emin, quilts, is that her embroidery and patch work, is her emotional outrage, outbursts, her confessional needs and it is honest, open and very blunt. Emin is conveying a story within her quilts, with an angry undertone, against a soft and girlie fabric where, she is sewing up the past. Each quilt conveys a different story, her emotional wounds. Emin was quoted saying “Quilt making involves a lot of though and love” in the Independent. “Just the time involved in the process means many things are discussed and considered concerning life.”

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Grayson Perry:

Perry has produced a series of six tapestries, ‘The vanity of small differences’ which, came about as a result of making a series of documentaries called, ‘All in the best possible taste’ in 2012. He explored the taste of those traditionally considered working class, middle class and upper class. Perry was particular interested in the emotional attachments people make towards objects, and how the judgment we make about our own and other people’s taste are often, class line. Is our identity staked out through what we eat, how we dress, how we decorate our home. Perry reminds us of how we tell each other who we are by our belonging, Taste is a tender subject, what really fascinates me about the topic of aesthetic taste is that people really care.” Perry is aware of the visual environment people build around themselves. Perry work interested me because each tapestries is associated with identity and telling a story about how we express our identity in a visual way.

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