prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Valerie Huggins

Colour, pattern, and then more colour drive Valerie’s passion for textiles, from the overblown florals of Miami beachwear and Mexican embroidered blouses to the wax prints of Africa. She is fascinated by the dual nature of flowers — a motif so closely allied to fabrics — as symbols of beauty and abundance but also as witnesses to sickness and mortality. This dark undercurrent is present in much of her textile work, hinting at fear and anxiety beneath the soft and comforting surface.


TEXTILE PRACTICE
In the tradition of patchwork quilts and inspired by collage artists, Valerie works mainly with commercially printed fabrics, finding excitement in placing seemingly incongruous designs side by side to provoke an unexpected dialogue, whether for a bed quilt or a more conceptual wall or installation piece. The collecting of materials is an essential process in the formulation of her ideas. As a quilter, she has always hoarded fabrics, but her work has expanded to embrace other “found objects” and images that provide a sometimes unsettling contrast to the softness and prettiness of fabric and thread.
Credit Crunch (Self Portrait) Jungle Wake up Sleepy Head Wake up Sleepy Head (detail)