Contemporary Textiles

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For thousands of years, people have been practicing the art of designing or creating textiles. First emerging from a necessity to fill basic needs of shelter, warmth or for carrying goods,  different cultures around the world took it to another level by developing methods of making artistic, creative and beautiful cloth that laid the basis for what we call textile art.

The practice that involves weaving, knitting, stitching, felting or knotting together individual pieces of natural or artificial fibers has evolved and continues to evolve as society changes.

Before the 19th century, all yarn, thread, and cloth were made by hand and it took a great deal of time and effort to gather fibers from plants or animals to make into fabric and yarn. The Industrial Revolution brought the introduction of new technologies and mechanisation in the manufacture of textiles and thread.  The speed with which garment and furnishings could be made increased, as did the copying of exquisite hand made goods to increase the availability for those with smaller budgets.   

 In the 20th century, artists began to use textiles in new contexts, exploring concepts and theories which had only previously been known in the art world.   Using textiles within art pieces,  fabric and thread are providing almost infinite possibilities in modern and contemporary artistic practices.


Online exhibitions 

There are a wealth of talented artists who use textiles as their medium.  From felt makers, embroiderers, mixed media artists to machine embroidery each artist discovers the mediums that allow them to express and create.  

Soulful Stitches will be having selected 'online exhibitions' featuring the work of individual contemporary textile artists.  


Each of the artists will be specially selected for the high calibre of their work.  Often these artists will have had solo exhibitions, and will be highly respected in the contemporary textile world.  Each of the works are very desirable and highly collectible.  

This will give you the opportunity to mix antique and contemporary textiles artworks within your home or private collection.

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Textile Arts in the 1980's

Ever since the 1980s, textile arts have been developing new forms and language. Influenced by postmodernist ideas, textile and fiber work has become more and more conceptual. Various creatives  are now experimenting with techniques, materials and concepts, completely pushing the limits of the medium. These re-born practices such as embroidery art, weaving, quilting, crochet and many others, have placed a new focus on the work that confronted social and political issues such as gender feminism, domesticity, women’s work, and identity politics. Yet, not all fiber artists are feminists or even concerned with the political and social connotations of fabric arts. They simply employ textiles and threads as a painting and sculpting material.