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Debbie Smyth

22 May

Debbie Smyth is an artist who is successful due to an original idea. She is a textile artist who creates pieces by placing nails in a specific way to create an image or area of text, she then wraps threads around the nails to complete the piece.


Armen Rotch

20 Mar

Quirky tea bag art by Armen Rotch:


Yuken Teruya

5 Mar

Japanese artist Yuken Teruya creates these beautiful cutout trees from paper bags and toilet rolls.

The first 3 images shown below are from the project entitled ‘Rain Forest’. Yuken Teruya turns an everyday waste item in to something attractive.














The second project I particularly like is called ‘Notice-Forest’ the paper cut trees end up on the inside of the paper bag, holding the bag open. The creations are intricate, beautiful and unusual.














For more information about Yuken Teruya please follow this link:

The Golf Project

23 Dec

This is the title of the first project brief I was given in 3rd year back in September. We were asked to create design concepts for a leading firm of architects who are looking for banners/panels for the new Carnoustie Championship Golf Course clubhouse due for completion in June 2011. The site-specific textile solutions should relate to the surroundings of the clubhouse in some way for example the Scottish coastline, flora, fauna or architecture could be used as a source of inspiration.

My inspiration for this project was primarily Scottish seascapes and boats, however equipment scattered around Arbroath and Tayport harbour such as lobster cages also caught my attention and so influenced my design and development. I gathered photographs and source drawings in Arbroath, Tentsmuir and Tayport, which I developed in my sketchbook using a range of materials. I then developed knit samples based on the information collected within my sketchbook.

Whilst carrying out the research and development I kept in mind the outcome of this project. A challenge I had to overcome was how to design a knitted panel such as a wall hanging that could be created on a large scale and would look in keeping with a modern building. I think I have managed to produce something slightly unusual in the way it is constructed as the overall piece would be created using hundreds of knitted tubes. In one of my designs I incorporate some bright flashes of colour inspired by the vibrant boats in the harbour, however it was quite a wintry day when I collected most of the photographs and source drawings therefore subdued colours are also evident in my work. Throughout this project I investigated a range of yarns and experimented with incorporating subtle detail in each unique knitted strip. Incorporating subtle detail is important because I would like the wall hanging to be aesthetically pleasing not only when viewed from a distance but also when it is viewed close up.

I have recently discovered that my work has been selected to be viewed by the architects in January, so perhaps I should not post the final designs and fabric samples on here quite yet but here is a sneak peak of what inspired me:

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Knit Design + Contemporary Wall Hangings

3 Oct

Wall hanging by Kyung-Yeun Chung

This week I was in the library researching contemporary wall hangings as inspiration for a current project in which my design idea is for a 3 dimensional wall hanging that will depict an abstract seascape. Hints of brightly coloured ribbon will be interwoven with knitted tubes to represent boat masts. I will add some drawn designs and samples of my knitting at a later date. I have been inspired by the work of Shin-Ja Lee and Kyung-Yeun Chung, which I came across in a book entitled ‘Art Textiles of the World-Korea’. Unfortunately I cannot find the particular piece of work by Shin-Ja Lee online, however I will perhaps upload a photograph of the piece ‘ Conversation of Autumn’ at a later date. In the meantime follow this link to have a look at some work by Shin-Ja Lee

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