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Wikipedia says:

Clothing and textiles have been enormously important throughout human history—so have their materials, production tools and techniques, cultural influences, and social significance.

Textiles, defined as felt or spun fibers made into yarn and subsequently netted, looped, knit or woven to make fabrics, appeared in the Middle East during the late stone age. From ancient times to the present day, methods of textile production have continually evolved, and the choices of textiles available have influenced how people carried their possessions, clothed themselves, and decorated their surroundings.

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Historically, textiles began as any other means of expressing stories and present experiences. Today, we see textiles as a way of expressing our personalities, of reserving a place in history specifically for ourselves.  Not really much different from what has happened for centuries, so our perceptions of its techniques should not be so different.  This is where you would be wrong. Now-a-days we are not so concerned with how our products are made, just that we have them and as many of them as possible.  We have lost the joys that a process brings, and that is what textile artists, slow fashion, and centers are bringing back.

The techniques have changed significantly, but the ideals remain the same.

Weaving

Dyeing

Screen Printing

Felting

Knitting

And these are just a few examples.  There is still quilting, crocheting, lace making, sewing, macrame, batik, tie dyeing, cross stitching, embroidery, not to mention the possibilities of combining all of these techniques.

What my anger issue is about is that such a small group of people really appreciate the work that goes into a hand-crafted textile.  It is such a shame that everyone does not have appreciation for something that is a part of their everyday life.

This is what the Textile Arts Center is helping to rectify.  By educating we can help the public gain more smarts, appreciation, and overall experience in a field that affects their lives immensely.

Happy Grand Opening, and I promise that next week we get back to our regularly scheduled program!

I love multi-textured and architectural art.  By layering pieces, colors, and different degrees of sheer fabric on top of each other creates new ways of seeing the fabric.  Lindsay Taylor is another individual who understands the principles of layering and has put it to practice in her sculptures and jewelry.

Lindsay resides on the Isle of Wright in England.  Her works have been featured in many publications including Selvedge, Design Edge, and Country Living.  All of her works begin with hand dyed fabric, mainly silk or merino wool.  Then multiple techniques are applied usually over one another to create what Lindsay describes as “magic”.  Many of the techniques used are devoré, felting, appliqué, heat manipulation, freehand or machine embroidery, batik, wire and bead work.  The final product is nothing short of highly innovative, textured, and extremely beautiful.

Every little detail that you can imagine are present in her work.  The lines of the butterflies are carefully stitched into the wings, giving each individual butterfly character of its own.