8 Fiber Artists to Follow on Instagram

Posted by The New England Collection on March 8, 2021

1. Gabriel Dawe (@gabrieldawe)

Gabriel's work is obviously rooted in a fascination with light and color, and seems to visually interpret how the spectrum moves and bends in unseen layers. The way that his Plexus series of installations juxtaposes the scale of space with the scale of material to create deceptively holographic imagery which captures the essence of a rainbow that can be physically experienced is incredible.

2. Breeyn McCarney (@breeynmccarney)

Beginning with an embroidery hoop and some mesh, Breeyn creates work that jumps off the hoop with glamorous embellishment, and often displaying dark and mythical concepts. Her work is where embroidery meets sculpture in fascinating ways and with a variety of materials.

3. Julia Bland (@whoalia)

There's something very natural about the draw that Julia's work has. It seems to be a place where nature meets geometry in unusual ways; there's a sort of sacred language that speaks from her pieces, connecting to a life force within each of us. It's structural, yet organic; mysterious, yet familiar - drawing our attention towards the details of each section.

4. Meghan Shimek (@meghanshimek)

Using the purest form of material, Meghan explores the vast chasm of scale and texture to create works of art that compel us to think. Visual expression of certain concepts and realities come to mind when we view her work, and while the material content doesn't vary from one piece to the next, the imagery and feelings recalled by them do.

5. Caroline Kaufman (@carolinekaufman)

Caroline's work is playful and geometric, and there is an obvious connection between her tufted art and her paintings and hand drawn art - the rugs even seem to retain a sketched quality to their line work and color. We just love scrolling through her ever evolving body of work and watching how each medium influences the next.

"Over the past 6 years my studio focus has shifted from fashion to knitwear to painting to rug making and textile art. all of these practices are fueled by curiosity, play, and exploration of process. Instagram has become an extension of my sketchbook, my studio diary...pursuing a creative career is a winding path, and sometimes very bumpy."

Caroline Kaufman - 2019

6. Sarah Zapata (@sylk_z)

Sarah has traditionally explored her identity as a Peruvian American artist by visiting concepts of feminine identity and value through handmade objects. Using a plethora of materials she questions systems, traditions, and cultural relevance through art. Many of her recent works serve as colorful, textural, and sculptural narratives to experience a link with the history of her culture.

7. Hilary Waters Fayle (@hillary.waters)

Hillary's work never ceases to amaze us. The compelling connection to nature by way of embellishment to the elements of it's growth are inspiring. The way that she adds to or takes away from such delicate parts of life are quite honestly mind blowing - as I try to imagine myself doing this task I am already frustrated by the leaf cracking in my hand as I touch it. It is clear that she has a well practiced hand in the accomplishment of her art.

8. Emmanuelle Moureaux (@emmanuellemoureaux)

While all of Emmanuelle's work is not per-say fiber art, it is definitely inspired by fibrous construction in the many layers and colors of production. The grandiose scale of work is compelling on its own, but the bright rich colors attract the eye and the soul, encouraging us to walk around and through these installation experiences in awe.

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