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Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

Justyna Wołodkiewicz Sculptural Embroidery

As you well know I’m a big fan of abstraction in embroidery, and Justyna Wołodkiewicz is one artist who’s smashing it in the abstract embroidery world right now. Her tightly embroidered alien landscapes (that’s how I see them anyway) are made with a mix of […]

Needle + Pine | November Mood Board

Needle + Pine | November Mood Board

  1.’Fallen Leaves’ triangular shawl by Justyna Lorkowska.   2. Foraged plant and mineral dyed cotton quilt, hand pieced by Ashley Thayer.   3. Hand block printed textiles by sisters Hopie & Lily Stockman of Block Shop Textiles.   4. Minimalist handmade fashion by Atuko   […]

October Mood Board | New Moon

October Mood Board | New Moon

1. Mountain Blossom Midnight Blue Furoshiki by Leah Duncan.  £37.20 2. Fringed gypsy tapestry bag by Piper’s Crossing. £38.04 3. Violet mesh and velvet polka dot lingerie set by Garden of Delight. £38.04 4. La Chic Parisienne Collection green pleated skirt £69.09 and Fine Art Collection Japanese crane […]

Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

Kinetic Dresses by Ying Gao That React to Movement, Sound and Human Emotion

    ‘Can’t’ and ‘Won’t’ are the names of these two interactive dresses by Ying Gao. The dresses, made of Super organza, cotton mesh, PVDF and electronic devices, react to human presence with slowly pulsating movements. Layers of fabric begin to oscillate, seeming to breathe […]

September Mood Board | High Tide

September Mood Board | High Tide

  #MoodboardMonday Launch! The Fiber Studio is now running a monthly mood board featuring the best in handmade and vintage textile products by small, independent businesses. This month’s launch theme is High Tide, inspired by Marine Crosta’s miniature oil seascapes. Each month’s mood board theme […]

Shakirra Rees giveaway winner announced!

Shakirra Rees giveaway winner announced!

    Congratulations @xeniaalcazar !   We are pleased to announce you are the winner of our giveaway competition for the above Shakirra Rees hand embroidered heart tee! Shakirra will be in touch soon.   A huge thanks to everyone who entered, we appreciate your […]

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

Distorted Patchwork Paintings by Anna Buckner

‘Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about liminality’… Liminality is soft. It is malleable, compliant, fluid, and supple. It is a place in-between what is and what will be, questioning traditions and creating space for transformation.’ Anna Buckner. Buckner compares her studio space to liminality. […]

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

Inflatable Climbing Frame Installation by Numen / For Use

How cool is this installation? I’m rubbish at heights to these photos fill me with horror, but I’d still queue up to have a go. If you scroll down to the last images you can see how the whole thing works. It’s a ‘self supporting […]

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

Damselfrau | Magnhild Kennedy Masks

I have not one, but two masquerade balls to go to this year so I’ve been planning costumes like mad – I’m thinking a multi-coloured, over-the-top, beaded and embroidered floral mask/headdress thingy with tassels and possibly Pom Poms? I realise this is incredibly ambitious; it […]

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon | Flourescent Spider Web Sculptures

Anthony Michael Simon’s sculptures, which at first glance look like fluorescent strings suspended in an abstract cat’s cradle arrangement, are actually the product of Nephila clavata spiders. The artist collects local arachnids, brings them to his studio, and lets them set about their work spinning […]


Kate MccGwire Feather Sculptures

Kate MccGwire Feather Sculptures

I’m currently on a camping trip with my boyfriend in Wales, travelling from the Brecon Beacons to Pembrokeshire and then up to Snowdonia. Yesterday we hiked the Black Mounain for 10 hours in the rain and now everything I own is wet and the majority of my body hurts. I can’t even describe how my feet looked after taking my water-and-mud-filled walking boots off. The colour was indescribable.

Despite the minor hellish-ness, it is utterly beautiful here, and the bird life is amazing, which got me thinking about one of my favourite artists Kate MccGwire who creates her sculptures with thousands of collected bird feathers.

MccGwire lives on Dutch barge moored on an island on the Thames, which is where she first had the idea of working with feathers.

‘I started to collect, arrange and layer the feathers and I quickly realised that to make anything out of them, I would need thousands’

MccGwire started to contact game keepers and pigeon fanciers all over the country, asking for feather donations. Once received they are washed and meticulously organised into colour coded boxes.

‘You have to be organised to work on a boat’, ‘or you would be in a sea of pigeon’

MccGwire is quite vague about her process after this point, not wanting to ruin the mystery behind the works.

The end result of her collecting and organising is more serpent like than birdlike. The plumes are transformed into undulating waves that spill from crevices in walls of abandoned buildings, and her cabinet works are scaley organic creatures, mesmerising and ominous behind glass.

Head to her website to see more.

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