Julia Ibbini proclaims to be an artist and sculptor who "explores pattern and ornament through geometry, algorithms, and digital fabrication".

There is an intricacy to the cut paper and wood work which retains the delicacy of lace, a movement that flows like nature, a rigidity that builds architecturally, and an essence that pays tribute to the decorative arts of islamic culture.

There is something about the melding of history and modernity via a meeting of ancient design patterns and modern technological application that is incredibly compelling, and we really can't wait to see more.

View more of Julia Ibbini Studio work on instagram.
*all images copyright Julia Ibbini Studio

Described in Virginia Jacobs own words, the quilted sphere is “a distillation of the continuity and indefatigability of the spirit of folk music, dance and costume.”

"Krakow Kabuki Waltz" (1987) 

Virginia Jacobs is best known for exploring the sculptural possibilities of the quilt while incorporating the colorful exuberance of the textile arts of many cultures into her work. By playing with form and dimensionality, her work confounds expectations.

Of course we love on any kind of woven art - weaving is kind of our thing. So finding these shag art carpets by Kahove was pretty exciting. Taking classic art pieces, like the Mona Lisa and Starry Night, and turning them into shag carpets Kahove breathes new and exciting life into them. What do you think, would you put one in your home?

The Portuguese artist, well known for her use of varying fiber art techniques to create works of woven sculptural art that draw attention to the need to save our oceans, did not start her journey on this path. 

While she began her academic career set on going into the fashion industry, she quickly realized that the trade is one of the biggest polluters in the world and altered course.  Now, using upcycled materials and waste from the textile industry, she aims to bring awareness to problems of imbalance in our world.

The works have expanded from the coral reef scenes she began with, and now encompass many textures and environments – you can feel deeply connected with the details of nature she recreates; be it underwater, in the forest, a field of flowers, the lunar landscape, or beyond.  Using the most eco-friendly materials and processes available, Vanessa creates to call attention to the importance of our universe, our planet, our home.

*All images copyright Vanessa Barragão

Featured in his solo show in Rome (2020), also titled Soprattutto, Leandro Erlich plays with perception and scale to bring us "above all" as stated in the title. Visitors to this installation were encouraged to walk upon the landscape carpet, bringing the viewer above the ground level perspective, and seen from above as if in an airplane.

Other works from this installation included sculptures of clouds contained in cabinets, and photo prints which explore the ever changing imagery found in the clouds above cities, as they float "above all" (sopra tutto).

Leandro Erlich is an Argentinian artist whose work is aimed at creating a dialogue between what we believe and what we see, as well as reducing the distance between the museum or gallery space and everyday experience.

*all images copyright Leandro Erlich.

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.

*all images copyright of the artists.

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