Whilst researching for my Joining Lines in Nature project I came across some super inspiring textile artists. Each one sparking oodles of inspiration, whether it be the colours they used, the textures they created or the construction of their art piece. When creating any artwork or design work, it is important to first gather inspiration from the world around us, this is called contextual research and it allows us to fully move our thoughts and ideas into reality. Without this type of research our ideas may become limiting or appear flat.
Taking inspiration from the world around me, sourcing inspiring images, sketching out thoughts and comparing my ideas with others doing similar things, have all helped me to map out my concept for my Joining Lines in Nature project. As in nature, my Joining Lines in Nature project is organically evolving and growing into itself.
Here are my Top 10 Textile Artists inspired by nature:
Vanessa Barragão | Website | Instagram
Portuguese textile artist Vanessa Barragão creates nature themed textile pieces using various yarn based techniques which include latch hooking, crochet, weaving, basketry, and felt.
Her Coral Garden installation has been a huge inspiration for my Joining Lines in Nature project and gets me excited each time I see it. The scale of the piece, the three dimensional aspects, as will as all of the varying textures and colours just blow my mind, not to mention the incredible message behind her work.
Sommer Roman | Website | Instagram
Californian born, Sommer Roman is a mixed media artist and illustrator, her work includes sculpture, painting and drawing. She works with materials and imagery from a variety of sources; domestic discards, used textiles, micrographs of plant life etc. and draws inspiration from nature, senses and impulses.
I was particularly drawn to her Elisabethi Installation (pictured above left). I love how the work organically appears to grow up the wall. The subtle colour and textural changes are representative of the natural world, they playfully entice you in.
Alyssa Ki | Solip diy
Alyssa Ki from Solip diy | Website | Instagram
Korean-American Alyssa Ki creates the most beautiful woven wall hangings I have ever seen. Her work is full of texture and whimsy and her use of colour is to die for. My journey into this creative world began with woven textiles so my heart is fluttering right now. My urge to weave once more is strong. I am excited about combining various fibre art techniques, especially weave and crochet, to create a multidisciplinary installation of my own.
Fun fact - Solip is Alyssa's Korean name and the direct translation is ‘pine needle’.
Miho Fujita | Website | Instagram
Miho Fujita is a Japanese crochet jewellery artist. Working on a micro scale, her work is stunning, super delicate and hugely influenced by nature. It would be wonderful to combine chunky textures with delicate details, much like the varying contrast within the natural world.
Hannah Streefkerk | Website | Instagram
Swedish textile artist Hannah Streefkerk seeks to create art that makes people stop in their tracks and raise awareness of environmental problems. Her work focuses on mending and the nature of time, how seasons change and the effect that time has on life and the world around us. She uses stitch and crochet to repair holes in trees, crochets moss onto bark and transforms forgotten nature into spectacular art pieces.
Barbara De Pirro | Website | Instagram
Barbara De Pirro creates biomorphic sculptures and installations. Working with a range of reclaimed plastics she transforms this synthetic material into organic forms. Her art gives voice to her ecological concerns, encouraging reflection about our relationship with the environment.
Leigh Martin | Website | Instagram
Leigh Martin is a visual artist and nature enthusiast from Central Oklahoma. Her fibre work and installations are heavily influenced by her background in Urban Forestry. She uses knit to capture small details within the natural world like fungi, flowers and leaves.
Anna Shepelieva | Awesome Knots
Anna Shepelieva from Awesome Knots | Etsy | Instagram
Anna Shepelieva is a Ukrainian weaver, crocheter and knitter. She has two very different creative businesses Awesome Knots and Eva's Doodlings, both of which focus on texture and fibre art. I am particularly drawn to her macrame work and how she takes thread and cord and transforms them into incredible floral wall hangings. Who ever thought macrame could look like this?!
Emma Mattson | Website | Etsy
Emma Mattson is a Maryland photographer and artist, specialising in portraiture and natural photography. She uses felt, thread and embroidery stitches to create natural moss like art pieces. Her work is delicate and tactile and I'm interested in her use of thread to create textures to represent organic growth.
Patricia Yasmine Graf
Patricia Yasmine Graf | Website
Patricai Yasmine Graf isn't actually an artist she is a German product designer but her Snork Seat just couldn't not get a mention. I love the idea of creating art that is interactive, a piece that you can fully immerse yourself in. I mean, just look at that texture!
Creating Colour Palettes
Colour is everywhere! What better source of inspiration than the world around us. As part of my Joining Lines in Nature research I have sourced some of the most incredible images of nature which I aim to use as inspiration for colour and texture. You can view my Nature Pinterest board here.
From each image I have picked out some of my favourite tones to create a set eight colour palettes which will guide my yarn choices and pattern designs throughout the project.
What colours can you see?
What other colours can you see in the images? Would you have chosen different colours to create a palette instead? Is there anything missing? Colour is viewed so differently from person to person and how those colours react next to each other creates optical effects which are magical.
If you are joining in my Joining Lines in Nature project, please use these palettes to inspire your makes.
Find out more about how to get involved here.
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Hi, I'm April.
Crochet designer and tutor based in Nottingham.