Here's my next instalment of favourite textile/fashion artist.

Femke Agema, creates amazing wearable forms which I cant get enough of. I love the originality, craftsmanship, and fantastical ideas behind her work, all done with such wonderful humour and playfulness.

Is a vision of the world springing into life after winter. It’s inspired by the simple joy we feel in being let loose into the wild to play in an environment overflowing with possibilities. A world where you make treehouses, huts and rafts from whatever you can get your hands on. A world made to be explored, bursting with colours and textures, where the only limit is your imagination. 

Femke Agema 'Elders' Parade from BASTER on Vimeo.

Nigliktok 2012
Created for the inevitable snowpocalypse, the Nigliktok collection, takes its name from the Inuit word for 'cold.' Nigliktok is Femke's vision of a world frozen over, a world where ice and snow dominate, but her signature colourful and playful aesthetic can still illuminate the landscape

Femke can also be found on Facebook 

Continuing on with magnificent creature creation, I thought I should include a picture of Artist Nick Caves soundsuit. Nina van der Voorn's Kingdom of Klah, and The Klah Gazette for her equally wonderful imagination. And to conclude Charles Freger, check out the article written in the Guardian Savage, beautiful and surviving.

Nick Cave

Nina van der Voorn

wild man; Wilder Mann by Charles Freger


Magdalena Abakanowicz

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be looking at some of my favourite textile artists c.1960s to the present day and who best to start with but Magdalena. The sheer size of these works are outstanding, the Bois-le-Duc, measuring 65-feet-long, 26-feet-tall. (pictured top right).

'Abakanowicz’s work came to international attention through the emotional intensity of its engagement with fibre and textiles. Her ‘Abakans’—a generic title for a series of interrelated works described by the artist as ‘textile situations’—are woven structures in which shaped tapestry elements are assembled to form enveloping installations'. 

Magdalena has a website here
Magdalena Abakanowicz podcast
National Gallery of Australia 


Chicks on Speed and Caitlin Franzmann IMA Brisbane

Themin Tapestry


Chicks on Speed  IMA (Institute of Modern Art) Brisbane 3 August - 21 September
In 1997, Australian Alex Murray-Leslie and American Melissa Logan met at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts and formed Chicks on Speed. Although they would achieve fame as an electroclash band, Chicks on Speed started as a multidisciplinary art project, applying a punk-inspired DIY ethic to performance art, collage graphics, and fashion.

The Themin tapestry was a project developed in 3 stages. The first phase of research was to investigate the analog theremins technology, sensors were used my Russian Musician and artist Andrei Smirnov. The second was made during a tapestry workshop in Melbourne by the artists.http://www.austapestry.com.au,the manufacture included the use of copper wire for its sensor properties. The final phase was the implementation of the sensors within the textile work resulting in a tapestry The result was a sound installation where the public can modify the sounds to your liking as it approaches different sensitive areas of the tapestry.Themin Tapestry


Caitlin Franzmann Dissolve3 August-21 September IMA Brisbane

Brisbane emerging artist Caitlin Franzmann exhibits a cognisant, intimate working knowledge of this emotional and metaphysical spectrum in her most recent offering'.PanOptic Press
With a background in urban planning, Caitlin intuitively works with ideas of architecture and space in her artistic practice. In particular, she is interested in highlighting the temporal, physical and spiritual territories that lie inbetween spaces.