Candace Hicks, associate professor of art in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, has captivated our attention with some of her unique textile art series.

Notes for String Theory is a series of the very familiar composition book pages we all know from gradeschool - a symbol of learning and processing thoughts.

“These hand-embroidered pages confront the existential possibilities of the blank page,” Hicks explains. “The size, format and color palette of notebook paper are familiar and warped at the same time. From across the room, they appear as flat, linear designs, but upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be delicately textured.”

The warped lines evoke a sense of wonder, of what can be if we alter the process. There is chaos yet beauty in the linear movement on the altered pages - much in the same way we face the unexpected possibilities of daily life.

Similarly, the series "Love Note to Linear Perspective" takes the same concepts and applies them to paper - the material guiding the process, and therefore the end result - cut pieces exploding out and exploring time and space in it's many forms.

Her work in the series "Common Threads" brings our attention back to the words on a page in 146 intricately hand-embroidered books containing illustrations and a plethora of texts "documenting her life in a universe of literary and pop-cultural coincidences".

There's always something compelling about the time it takes to hand stitch a work of art - it's a delicate, sometimes painstaking process wracked with mistakes, learning, and improvement - stitches ripped and re-sewn as past choices are no longer quite right for this work; an art of microcosm macrocosm.

In these works, Candace embraces thoughts of the universe, the unknown, life as we know it, connection, and possibility and puts her stitch in time.

To view more of Candace's work, check out her instagram!

Alicja Kozlowska is a contemporary textile artist who lives and creates in Poland. Alicja became interested in quilting and embroidery arts in 2017, and has since taken her work to the next level - building pop art inspired sculptural objects which are inspired by the realities of cultural consumerism in the world that surrounds us.

Combining various materials from labels, newspapers, foils, felt, fabric, buttons, beads, and more - the artist embellishes her renditions of everyday items to draw attention to the impact of humans on the planet through a consumption based economy.

To view more of Alicja's work, visit her instagram page @alice.kozlow.

There's a strength that comes with the use of black and red - a sort of statement that says, "I'm here, and I'm ready".

In this bold yet airy entry way, designer Patrick Printy uses the graphic nature of black and red to draw the eye towards individual statement pieces. The colors of the Navajo rug play perfectly with the Asian art on the walls, creating a sort of tension through conversation.

Design number 10010 from our Navajo - Four Corners Collection offers the perfect balance of light, dark, and saturated color for this intense, yet open space.

The rigidity of the jagged edges of the design adds a sense of motion to this energetic layout - keeping the eye in constant motion.

To view more from our Navajo - Four Corners collection, click here.

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.

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.

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