Art is a primary form of expression, freed from the straitjacket and limitations of language. For many artists around the world, their art is their own way of expressing themselves. To do so, they manage to use a wide variety of materials, some of which are still somewhat unknown. Cloth is one of them. We will therefore take you on a journey of discovery of textile art and the forms it can take.
Art with fabric : textile sculpture
You have read correctly, there are sculptures made entirely from pieces of fabric. Armed with their pins and with their creativity as their only ally, textile sculptors manage to make breathtaking works of art.
One of them, Simone Pheulpin, is on the verge of revolutionising her art. For her sculptures, she uses a special fabric made from calico, a raw, unbleached cotton. Thanks to the latter, she manages to create almost organic works that evoke natural materials such as stone, ivory and other minerals. You can always find out more about Simone Pheulpin and her art.
Simone Pheulpin’s long career has been rewarded several times. She was awarded the Grand Prix de la Création of the City of Paris in 2017 and the Loewe Foundation Craft Prize in 2018.
The patterned quilt, an ancestral method of art with fabric
The patterned quilt is an ancestral art form that has its origins in antiquity. Once used as blankets, quilts are now recognized for their aesthetic and artistic side. A quilt consists of several layers of fabric held together. What makes them true works of art are these layers, which are held together by stitches or real rows of regular stitches that form a decorative pattern. It is these patterns that have made quilters true artists thanks to their diversity and beauty.
Among the most famous quilts are The Biblical Quilt (1886) and The Pattern Quilt (1898). These two works by Harriet Powers are considered to be the finest examples of 19th century Southern quilts. They are now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
In addition to works of art made with fabric only, pieces of fabric are used in other art forms. Many contemporary painters and sculptors use fabric to decorate their works. It is therefore possible to make art with fabric. Better still, artists are making beautiful works of art out of fabric. Textile art is thus an art form in its own right. Whether through sculptures, quilts or any other form it can take, fabric has been part of art since the dawn of time. It is undoubtedly one of the many channels through which many artists unleash their creativity. Thanks to fabric, they make this world a little more beautiful. You can also read about the art of photo portraiture.