British fashion designer and artist, Zoe Gilbertson, combines her love of craft with her love of textile, creating original embroidery work that’s a celebration of colors and shapes. Employing wool, spraypaint, and tapestry canvas her artwork adds a contemporary twist to the otherwise old-fashioned pastime. “I’d prefer to be regarded as a contemporary artist who uses textile materials to create art,” Gilbertson remarked once in an interview with Textile Artist.
A relentless inventor, Gilbertson’s work allows her to experiment with color, voids of stitching, ways of framing, and methods of stitching, with the finished artwork greater than the sum of its parts. “I’ve always had an interest in textiles,” says Gilbertson. “I am a fashion designer by trade, working as a performance clothing designer and lecturer in fashion design. Fashion and textiles are interconnected, and this has led to my interest in textile art.”
Much more than just art textile, her work also serves as a sort of time capsule, preserving her memories. “All my work contains fond memories, usually of moments in time with family and friends that are captured within the canvas,” she says. “I can usually remember what was going on in my life at the time of stitching a particular work.”
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