Artist insp

One website visited was by Virginia Koster and shows an embroidered box from a tutorial out of Beginners guide to embroidered boxes by Janet Edmonds.  It is highly décorated and resonates with my own work. I feel this is something that I should try as I enjoy machine embroidery. The choice of colours is something that I have been drawn too and I like the composition of the design.

with acknowledgement to Virginia Koster–cushions.html

Deb Cooper influence comes from the nature world. She uses various forms of embellishment to create floral designs. I like the work she does, but feel it is over complicated with too many different materials. Although many of my drawings are complex, to replicate my designs they need to be simpler in design. Buttons and sequins have a place in textiles, but feel they should be used sparingly.

acknowledgement to deb cooper


Alexander McQueen

I am not sure if these photos are copyright, so I wish to acknowledge the photographer but cant find him or her.


As I am drawn to machine embroidery, the work of Alexander McQueen fits in with my way of thinking. I like the way in which he is so controversial in the designs made. For example, he was quite particular who wore his designs. He was quite annoyed that Victoria Beckham wore something, but was quite happy for her husband to. I like the outlandish designs, and as I am drawn to theatrical costume, having made costumes for my children when they were little feel, this is the path I wish to pursue. The cape above is exquisite in the embroidery is organised. As opposed to my work which is a little more random in application.

Catwalk designs are sometimes unwearable for the majority of people and are adapted for high street fashion. However, it is well suited to people like Lady Gaga, who has modelled the more obscure costumes. His work has been debated, due to being controversial.

He caused controversy over the collection Dante, depicted religion by using crosses and angels, having satanic overtones. Another collection called Golden showers saw models drenched in ‘rain’ making clothing see through. This nudity and sexual depiction were frowned upon.However as a designer, this added to his popularity.

Another controversial fashion designer is Vivienne Westwood. She is quite outrageous in her work with it being described as wacky. However saying that she has created fashion that is sported by princess Kate, who promotes high fashion, copied by the general public. She is known for her passion for recycling, something which I like to do myself.



Critique a photo without looking at the write-up and then look at it again.

Jose Romussi takes embroidery to a new level by altering photos with stitch. The audience is left with a curious combination generating a who different set of qualities in the changed picture.

It almost has a surreal feel. This reminds me of the thread painting technique. However, the the stitches aren’t as dense and only takes certain elements whilst still retains the background image.

I don’t think this is copyright but I would like to acknowledge the artist Jose romussi.


Matthew Cox is quite an innovative artist. he uses embroidery teamed with x-rays. Unfortunately i am unable to use the picture i wanted due to copyright.

One of his collection is called heartthrobs avatars and street paper. I particularly like the ‘medusa’ like head. it is quite a strange image, but mysterious at the same time. I appreciate the work involved in this piece.

My butterflies and spirals collection on pinterest

Witchcraft inspired designs/illustrations

mushroom inspired art on pinterest


Fashion designer Jay Briggs is inspired by witchcraft, which resonates with my own theme.

Similar to myself, designing costumes for Halloween. As a pagan, this has been something that I have always to be drawn to. He mentions that alongside witchcraft he liked the spiritual nature of these theme. The picture that drew me to his work is ‘malleus Maleficurm’. I like the layering of the materials used.

jay 2 jay 3 jay
cknowledgement to the artist Gareth Pugh and the photographer (unable to find)


The work that he does is time-consuming, as there is a lot of attention to detail. It is also all hand stitched. I found when researching the work undertaken is quite diverse in nature having Gothic overtones.

We all have a perception of witchcraft from the film Wizard of Oz.

wicked witch

It was interesting to see how fashion designers like Gareth Pugh put a slant on this.

The collection from 2008 shows lots of texture within his work. The black works well within the theme, and somehow does not detract from the design. It was described as macabre.

Photo Marcia Madeira

I felt a connection with this artist as I felt it fit in with the theme chosen and could learn a lot from this artists manipulation of the fabric used.

Another artist that I like found is Vera Wang. The 2011 collection produced a bridal line that is influenced by witchcraft. This differs from the work of the previous artist, as it is softer in design.

vera 2 vera

There are many types of stitch, and by looked through history found that the sampler was one of the first embroidery skills that many women did. Ecclesiastical robes were almost covered in embroidery. My thoughts on stitch work were from my own experience of cross stitch, tapestries and embellishment. However, by researching has allowed me to further my knowledge.

Colour work has not been my strongest, but by looking at colour combinations has enabled me to experiment more. I started by looking at the work of children. Its naivety enables them to experiment without constraint and the colours are always vibrant.

The mark making exercise was a useful thing to do. I was quite surprised what results were produced.

I have found that feelings and emotions were a part of how we draw. This was not considered before. However when looking at my work, I found that when I was doodling marks made were heavier when I wasn’t in a good mood. The marks I have produced, encouraged ideas for further work. Some of my own work have been furthered by looking at artists, such as Van Gogh. Showing the brushstrokes within his work, has enabled me to understand why mark-making is important within any artists design process.

The choice of theme due to  lack of source material, did not enable me to study textural features.

I found the book called mark making in textile art by Helen Hardcover: 128 pages

Publisher: Batsford Ltd (15 Aug. 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1849940673
ISBN-13: 978-1849940672

This was invaluable to the mark making I was doing.

This showed a variety of marks that were inspirational and was amazed at the diversity of this technique.

Stitch density is achieved by how close the stitch is to one another. Satin stitch is a good example of this. Shadows can be created by lighter densities given softness to the design.  Thicker densities can produce a bulkier fabric than the lighter alternatives.

colour choice on pinterest

picture dictionary

An interesting use of using basic stitches and pushing them into new designs. I do find myself drawn to Japanese embroidery as it always seems mysterious, but beautiful in application.


My pinterest page of weaving techniques

The work of Alexi Torres has created an interesting reworking of weaving. This is far from the notion of what we perceive weaving to be. The interlinked strands are intricately constructed, which has produced a beautiful picture. A far cry from the tapestries I used to do. Unfortunately, it is copyrighted so not able to show a picture.

This website has informed me a lot about the process of how weaving can be changed by the direction the weave is made. Although I was a little lost, with all the information. I also realize that the difference in yarns can affect the weight of the fabric.


John Wolfgang von Goethe was thought to be the first person to look at colour theory.


He believed that there was a psychology to colour work. He disputed the work by Isaac Newton on the light aspect of colour.

Having looked at various colour realise that emotion does actually play a part in colour choice, whether clothing or art.

Emotional description of colour


  • Positive – warmth, energy strength
  • Negative – danger, aggression


  • Positive – emotional wellbeing, hopeful, kindness
  • Negative – deceit, being afraid, depressed


  • Positive – tranquil, clarity, reflective
  • Negative – cold, unyielding


  • Positive – Balanced, equal, safe, serene
  • Negative – uninspiring, disquiet


  • Positive – spiritual, evocative, serenity, quality, forethought
  • Negative – low self-esteem, incite


  • Positive – warmth, comfort, luxury
  • Negative – leeching, loss


  • Positive – peace, gentleness, female, serenity
  • Negative – weak, washed out, fear, intimidity


  • Positive – neutral
  • Negative – draining, sad, dull


  • Positive – posh, regal
  • Negative – depressing, sad, disturbance, fear


  • Positive – sterile, clinical,
  • Negative – glare, sharp, sad, bland


  • Positive – warmth, comfort, safe, nature
  • Negative – boring, cumbersome

colour in history
Purple was worn by roman magistrates and in later years was used by royalty. Muter colours such as brown were worn by peasants. These are by no means exhaustive.

light also plays a part in how a colour is seen. It can create shadows, alter colours and brighten. Sunlight is usually warm but can alter surfaces making them yellowish.

The eye needs to be drawn across the picture and this can alter the feel of the picture. Emotion needs to be shown and is essential for success or failure.

Relationships of elements within a picture can change how movement or mood can be conveyed. A composition needs to have areas of interest that make a person look around the image. There is a general rule of 3 divisions, with one area being dominant.

Linear work, especially in portraits should be ‘invisible’. By using shading illusions can be created. Also, the way in which something is aligned can be all important.Focal points are also important.

Clarity in a picture is a better alternative to a muddy one. For example arranging placement of colour. Dominance is achieved by colour choice, and by adding contrast can alter balance within the picture.

An example of this is Gerome’s Duel after a masquerade ball



Printing is often seen in textiles from fashion to art.

a number of artists use print within their work. Charlotte linton uses hand drawn images for her digital print techniques. Kristi O’Meara again uses printing methods, which are bold and strangely hypnotic work. I have to research some techniques to further my knowledge.


There are various ways of printing, two examples of this

Block printing – uses wooden blocks with cutaway features. Potatoes could also be used.

Screen printing – this uses a screen that has a mesh. Paint is pushed through the mesh onto a template, leaving the imprint of the template.

Painting on fabric, is different to printing, but similar. Fabric paints were difficult to use and didn’t like the effects.

Silk painting I had never done before and was really impressed with the results. I looked at the work of laura gurton. Its is almost bacteria like.


Fabric can be manipulated in many ways, folding, pleated, pin tucks and many other ways. Lots of which need to be explored.

manipulation 2 manipulation

The vast array of fabric manipulation techniques would make it impossible to show all of them.

Tucks – spaced/pin/blind/shell/wave
Pleats – accordion/box/cartridge/fluted/fortuny
Quilting            ordinary/cord/Italian/wadding/flat/shadow
Applique reverse applique
Hand stitching
Metal thread work
Beading hand/French/tambour
Patchwork       applied patchwork/piece work/long cabin/crazy


twisted cords



About huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.
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