History has a tendency to repeat itself. At least when it comes to design. The popularity of a style, a decorative motif or a material dwindles over time – the florid patterns of Art Nouveau experienced a revival in the 1960s; The utopian ideals of midcentury modern design were reexamined in the wee hours of the morning. The postmodern uprising of the 1980s seems to be coming again. While this repetition of style is by no means surprising, it does have a way of sneaking up on us in unexpected ways.
Take, for example, the recent explosion in fiber art. What was considered a dead and buried relic of the 1970s five years ago, which belonged firmly in kitschy motels in Palm Springs or on the shelves of second-hand stores, has now been re-appropriated for modern times – with more brilliance and beauty and artistic experimentation than ever before. Today textile art is one of the hottest decorative objects of today and adorns the walls of some of our favorite houses. Color and texture are a new way of bringing life to a room. You will find eight of our current favorite textile artists below.
Louise Gray was founded by Alexandra Gray and Jocelin Johnson and creates strikingly modern, conceptual quilts using traditional craft methods.
Caroline Z. Hurley
The Catskill Kiwi
Strand & needle