Explore Fiber is a collaborative website showcasing and exploring fiber as a fine art material.
If you don’t know about TextileArtist.org, you need to prioritize checking out their website. Joe and Sam Pitcher created this website because they were inspired by their textile artist mother, Sue Stone. (Be sure to also check out their mum’s website!) Their story is testament to obtaining a love for fiber from one generation to another. Joe & Sam saw that their mother learned her skills through their grandmother, then she went on to become a textile artist, but why did they create this website?
A passion for textile art
Along the way, we’ve also developed a real enthusiasm for the medium of textiles on a wider scale. We love going to exhibitions and seeing the huge variety of innovative and unusual textile art on offer. We’re fascinated by the inspiration behind a piece of work and how the artist has used textile and mixed media techniques in its creation.
A platform for artists and art enthusiasts
Having searched online, we found plenty of great sites for individual artists and groups or associations, but no real platform showcasing textile art on a broader scope. We wanted to know how individual textile and fiber artists work, learn about how they implement techniques, hear their stories and find out what influences and inspires them.
We also wanted to give artists like our mum an opportunity to promote their unique brand of textile art, share their experiences with one another and contribute to a community of like-minded creatives. And if we wanted this, maybe others did too?
Now, alongside the popular interviews, you’ll also find exhibition and book reviews, advice from some of the most successful textile and fiber artists working today, recommendations for useful textile resources and articles covering a wide range of topics from how to use sketchbooks to textile art history. And that’s just the start.
Our aim is to create a community of artists and art enthusiasts that inspires, informs, and promotes.
Thanks, Joe & Sam for this amazing work you are doing!!! Explore Fiber shares your mission of spreading love for fiber art to the world!