Textile art

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.

Joe Namy’s colorful & oversized curtain partly covers museum

Joe Namy’s curtain installation For his Sharjah Biennial 13 project, artist and composer Joe Namy’s has researched the influence of opera on music in the Arab world. Starting in Egypt with the founding of the Khedivial Opera House in 1869, he has found traces of the art form in Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait, and more recently, …

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The war rugs of Afghanistan

3 min 50 sec The prelude Every time there is war in a region, the locals look for ways to ease their frustration in an effort to remain hopeful. Afghanistan has been at war for a long time and while most people are aware of the United States invasion in 2001, the Soviet Union occupied …

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Do Ho Suh recreated entire apartment in museum

Why did Do Ho Suh create this work? 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. …

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

Pistoletto’s rise to fame 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 …

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Artist Yin Xiuzhen & her 14 meter minibus Collective Unconscious

Collective Subconscious 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 …

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Alighiero Boetti’s beautiful Maps of the World

The story behind Boetti’s Maps of the World The Mappa tapestries are some of the most important works by Alighiero Boetti. Upon his first arrival in Afghanistan in 1971, 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 …

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