Textured Textiles

I’ve been meaning to share this for a while – the fantastic work of author and textile artist Ruth Singer. Inspired by historical textiles, museum objects, personal heritage, memory and stories, Ruth creates one-off textile artworks and products using sustainable and recycled materials.  She uses hand-stitched construction techniques such as pleating, gathering, applique and structured stuffing to create dense surface texture. I’m a big fan of ‘Polonaise’ pictured above which is reclaimed silk, hand stitched and stuffed with wool. See more fantastic upcycled and textured textiles here.

 ‘Sewn Up’ made from 665 folded squares cut from the proof pages of Ruth’s book Sew It Up and machine stitched together

‘Pebbles’ organic fabric with hand stitched recycled wool applique

Images via Ruth Singer

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).

5 Replies to “Textured Textiles

  1. love all of the above, very impressed, just wish that blogging had a tactile option!

  2. Thanks for this lovely post. The paper piece is currently on exhibition at Unit Twelve, Staffordshire, a smaller piece at Craft House Concept, Edinburgh and all of the above (probably) will be with me at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, in August!

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