prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Aran Illingworth

My work focuses on portraiture and depiction of the human figure in textiles, using appliqué panels, with the portraits created in layered, stitched fabric and with recycled fabrics.
My work is a visual narrative, which is intended to convey a certain emotion and which focuses on subjects carrying a specific message and meaning. I use the traditional hand skills of stitching and embroidery, but in a contemporary way which seeks to transcend the traditional boundaries of textile craftwork in terms both of the range of materials used and of the emotional impact on the viewer.
A recurring theme in my work has been women and children and their social situation - particularly on predicaments associated with poverty.

TEXTILE PRACTICE
My work initially starts from visual research, looking primarily at photographs which I manipulate digitally in order to provide a starting point for my textile work. I then work through several different stages, including appliqué and hand embroidery. The colourful fabrics which I use are collected from a variety of sources, resulting in a colourful combination of vintage, recycled and new cotton to give the feel of the subject.

Offord Darcy, Cambridgeshire, UK

www.aran-i.com

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