For the past three years, the TextileArtist website has been championing the cause of textile art with highly informative articles about process and practice from a wide range of embroiderers and mixed media artists. I’ve been a fan of the site for a long time and their new eBook – 3D Mixed Media Textile Art – is a terrific exploration of the world we all love and the amazing art within it.
Featuring 50 artists from around the world, all of whom are taking stitch out of the 2D context, this book is an almost overwhelming collection of masterful work across the spectrum of stitch. The breadth of work on show is fantastic, with so many dynamic artists and remarkable examples of textile art.
Each artist section explores their beginnings, their inspiration, their process and their practice with a ton of wisdom to be discovered. It’s really interesting to learn how artists create some of these amazing pieces and it’s great that the book demystifies these works some of which, quite frankly, baffle me in their construction.
Not since PUSH Stitchery* has there been such a fine collection of contemporary embroidered art, and you will be able to spend hours enjoying this book and marvelling at the work contained within. It really is a job well done.
If I had one criticism of the book, it’s a shame that it’s an eBook, as I’d love to have one of these on my coffee table at home, but that’s no criticism at all. If anything, the electronic format gives you more opportunity to enjoy the work in detail – just remember to look away from the screen occasionally!
If you’re a fan of embroidered art or you’re in a position to teach and share exciting art with people, you owe it to yourself to get a copy of 3D Mixed Media Textile Art. I cannot recommend it enough!
*shameless but not unwarranted plug!