Textile Artist Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks is an American textile artist. Since 1963 she lives and works in Paris. She is known for her innovative and experimental weavings and sculptural textile art that incorporate distinctive colors, natural materials, and personal narratives.

Hicks’ art ranges from the minuscule to the monumental. Her materials vary as much as the size and shape of her work. Having begun her career as a painter, she has remained close to color, using it as a language she builds, weaves and wraps to create her pieces.

Hicks’ work is characterised by her direct examination of indigenous weaving practices in the countries of their origin. This has led her travel through five continents, studying the local culture in Mexico, France, Morocco, India, Chile, Sweden, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Japan and South Africa, developing relationships with designers, artisans, industrialists, architects, politicians and cultural leaders.

The MAK (Museum of Applied Art) in Vienna dedicates a solo exhibition to Sheila Hicks’ work. Due to Covid the museum is closed. Bad for the museum but an advantage for us as the museum created a virtual 3D tour through the exhibition and therefore we all have the chance to see it.

Click here to stroll through the exhibition. Enjoy!

 

A chat with Jane Sassaman

Everybody knows her and most of us admire her: Jane Sassaman. Her quilt “Willow” was selected as one the 100 best American quilts of the Twentieth Century.

Patricia Belyea and Victoria Stone of Okan Arts, a Seattle based business specializing in Japanese textiles hosted a Zoom-chat with Jane Sassaman and were so kind to publish the video on their website so that everyone can see it. Jane talks about her career, her studio and her way of creating. It’s an interesting insight into the artist’s life. Click here to see the video. If you scroll down on this page there even is a tour of Jane’s studio (together with some other interesting articles). And while you are there don’t forget to browse Okan Arts’ website, you can see and learn a lot there and you can buy the most beautiful fabric. Grab a cup of coffee and click on the link – you will have a wonderful time I promise.