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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.
  

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Soft Sculpted Cloth Figures


  • The craft/art of Soft Sculpted Cloth Figures has so much more scope than other forms of Textile Fibre Arts,
    since it involves fashion/costume design; portraiture; caricature; characterisation; fabric manipulation; quilting/needle sculpture;
    beading; embroidery; painting; dyeing and printing; knitting; crochet and all sorts of other textile embellishment.
  • Interestingly, traditional UK crafts and textile art has its roots in the wartime and post war ethos of practical, make do and mend such as knitting, crochet and patchwork & quilting. To make something that could be useful, but which ultimately has developed into something decorative and creative, has always been part of the UK mindset. 
  • Since dolls were seen as a luxury during wartime, few dolls were made and the stigma that a doll is a toy/ plaything, has dogged the art/craft of cloth figure making for decades and still underlies people's prejudices today. 
  • In Canada, USA and Australia, this craft/art form has been much more fully appreciated and followed.
    Thankfully, in the noughties more and more UK Textile Craft/Artists are embracing Textile Art Figure making.