As creators, we’ve spent a lot time this past year at home. And if staring at the same walls
for months on end has taught us anything, it’s that, grateful as we are for the spaces we
have, when it comes to our rooms, there’s always room for improvement.
It’s not surprising then, that textile art and décor is enjoying a renaissance, as we look for
ways to add personalization, practicality and inspiration to our spaces. From wall art and
fashion to items that are as useful as they are beautiful, textile artists create pieces that are
corporeal and tactile—the exact qualities that we are craving when something as basic as
touch has been relegated off-limits in the outside world.
Take a look at just a few of the textile, fabric and fiber artists that are creating the pieces we
This ain’t your grandma’s macrame. The resurgence of the 1970s décor craze definitely comes to us today with a more modern sensibility, thanks in part to creators like Candice Luter. The Cedar Rapids, Iowa designer takes the traditional fiber art to the next level with her sculptural style, and her large-scale pieces will infuse movement, lyricism and joy into any space—and surely we can all use a little more of that.
Using ink made from botanical sources and inspired by the landscape outside her studio, Ontario, Canada mixed-media artist Melissa Mary Jenkins creates pieces that will not only inspire our own creative senses, but provide a grounding link to the natural world.
Jenkins’ use of materials from the outside world will surely bring a calm, cozy feeling to your interior space.
With a spotlight on Crafting Diversity, eastern Kentucky’s Berea College has been nurturing artisans for more than 130 years. The school is known not only for the beautiful and enduring wares created and sold on its equally beautiful and enduring Appalachian campus, but also for being the first inter-racial and co-educational college in the South. In addition to actually supporting diversity in craft and student life, Berea also prides itself on being tuition-free: students work part time on campus and contribute the arts and crafts they produce to sell in the onsite stores to pay for each and every student’s 4-year scholarship. From blankets and shawls to wall art and placemats, the goods produced by the students in Berea College Weaving Program are as exceptional as the environment in which they are created.
Sisters Aunalee Boyd-Good and Sophia Seward-Good are second-generation Coast Salish designers based in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where they produce gorgeous fabric, clothing and design items using traditional Coast Salish art motifs rendered by their father and brother. Many of the pieces in the Ay Lelum collection are perfectly appropriate for our work at home lifestyle, but when you do have to leave the house, their masks are works of art as well.