Textile

Textile art is an art form that involves the design and creation of artistic and decorative pieces using various fibers and materials. It’s a broad genre of art that uses natural or synthetic fibers to produce functional, creative, or decorative objects. It cuts across practically all cultures and represents one of the oldest art forms and human expertise.

Techniques for creating textile art vary greatly and may include looping, pleating, felting, knitting, crocheting, and weaving, all of which result in a wide array of materials like wool, silk, rayon, etc.

This form of art has, for many years, served many purposes, ranging from practical, for instance, clothes, to decorative, as in rugs and tapestries. A burgeoning list of iconic artists has taken a liking to textile art, including Alighiero Boetti, Faith Ringgold, and Betye Saar.

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Do Ho Suh recreated entire apartment in museum

South Korean artist Do Ho Suh created an installation based on his New York home. It serves to highlight the permeable margins that are said to disconnect private and public in addition to the normalized concepts of global identity, space and place, diasporic movement, memory, and displacement. Do Ho Su’s biography is the inspiration of …

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Michelangelo Pistoletto’s nude Venus inspects a rag of clothes (sfw)

Born in 1933 in Biella, Italy, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s was among the first interpreters of the radical renewal of artistic language, both socially and aesthetically, in the early 1960s. He was also one of the protagonists of Arte Povera. Pistoletto began to gain recognition in the mid-1950s, particularly after creating his first Quadri specchianti (Mirror Paintings) …

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Artist Yin Xiuzhen & her 14 meter minibus Collective Unconscious

Collective Subconscious is a large-scale interactive installation created by Beijing-based artist Yin Xiuzhen. She has spent the last twenty-five years creating and displaying works that reflect her surrounding environment and her relationship with it. Her works are usually personal and environmentally engaging and typically site-specific. Collective Subconscious, which is composed of a bisected minivan connected …

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Alighiero Boetti’s beautiful Maps of the World

In 1971 upon his departure from Italy and his arrival in Afghanistan, Alighiero Boetti began a continuous collaboration with local weavers to produce embroidered tapestries, using himself only as the referential artist but considering the works a creation of a combined effort. Mappa del Mundo is a colorful, beautifully crafted tapestry showing each country emblazoned …

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