History has a tendency of repeating itself. At least, that is, when it comes to design. The popularity of any style, decorative motif, or material ebbs and flows over time—the florid patterns of Art Nouveau saw a resurgence in the 1960s; the utopian ideals of Midcentury Modern Design were reinvestigated in the early aughts; the Postmodern rebellion of the 1980s seems to be upon us yet again. Although this repetition of style is by no means surprising, it does have a way of sneaking up on us in unexpected ways.
Take the recent explosion of fiber art, for instance. What just five years ago might have seemed a dead-and-buried relic of the 1970s, one that belonged firmly in kitschy Palm Springs motels or the shelves of thrift shops, has now been re-appropriated for modern times—with more brilliance, beauty, and artistic experimentation than ever before. Now one of today’s hottest décor commodities, textile art can be found gracing the walls of some of our favorite homes, its color and texture a fresh way of bringing life into a space. Below are eight of our favorite current textile artists.
Founded by Alexandra Gray and Jocelin Johnson, Louise Gray creates strikingly modern, conceptual quilts using traditional craft methods.