Many contemporary artists are blurring the boundaries between art and craft. reclaiming techniques and materials that traditionally were not considered for art.
Emin has made many quilts appliquéd other objects like her famous tent. She collages letters cut out of fabric or felt on old woolen blankets with frayed edges. Hand-written text and drawings are embroidered or printed onto the fabric.
Dring uses holiday photo’s, which are then converted to big canvas images. She uses a painting-by-numbers way, swapping cotton for paint. She uses the traditional female craft of quilt making.
Cave is most known for his ‘Soundsuits’. They are costumes, sculptures and musical instruments in one. The artist performs in them with a group of dances. The suits consist of colorful second-hand fabrics.
Ida Ivanka Kubler
Kubler makes bright colored canvases made of hand-painted silk cocoons. The cocoons are recycled after the caterpillars left them while maturing into butterflies. Kubler meticulously orders them info intricate geometric patterns.
Zangewa’s works are handmade based on template drawings. She expresses womanhood by sewing cut fabrics. She experiments with textiles (principally silk) adorned with embroidery.
Ahmed creates or rips apart existing rugs. The works look like they are melting, pixelated or flawed. He throws existing designs into disarray. His work explores how two different ideas live together.
Ringgold started working with textiles after visiting the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. She was inspired by traditional Buddhist paintings on cloth. First, she collaborated with her mother, a popular Harlem seamstress and clothing designer.
Hicks works exist of both miniature works as well as large-scale sculpture. Her pieces are often made of brightly colored fabrics. She uses cotton and materials like feathers, bamboo, porcupine quills, and steel fibers.
Wade creates paintings and sculptures and installations. She makes flags using weathered and stained fabrics with textured surfaces. Sometimes violently painted with strokes of tar.