Natural Processes in Textile Art by Alice Fox
More and more textile artists are using natural processes in their work, from dyeing with rust to working with found and scavenged items, and this book is the first to bring these increasingly popular techniques together. It promotes a way of working creatively with what is close at hand, whether gathered on walks by the seashore or collected in your garden, and working in tune with natural processes, bringing the rhythms and unpredictability of nature into your work.
Examples of this type of working include rust dyeing embroidered fabric to give it a natural patina, dyeing with garden fruits or seaweed, weaving with pieces of beachcombed fibre and printing with found objects. In all of this work nature is directly harnessed to make its mark.
The book is illustrated with the finest examples of contemporary embroidery and textile-art work using nature, by artists whose practice is tied up with their experience of and respect for the natural environment, often capturing a very strong sense of place and a feeling of calmness and contemplation.
Alice Fox is an embroiderer and textile artist using techniques from textiles, soft basketry and printmaking. She uses found objects, gathered materials and natural processes, bringing different materials together to form tactile surfaces and structures. Most of the materials Alice uses are grown or gathered on her allotment plot. Alice is based in Saltaire, West Yorkshire and she exhibits and teaches nationally and internationally. Her new book, Wild Textiles is also available in our online shop
Full colour photography throughout