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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback Flexi binding with flaps
  • Publication: 09 May 2022
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782219002
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 300
  • Pages: 128
  • RRP: £17.99
  • Series: The Textile Artist
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The Textile Artist: Sculptural Textile Art


A practical guide to mixed media wire sculpture by Priscilla Edwards

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Book Description

Priscilla’s contemporary mixed media artworks offer a refreshingly different approach to embroidery, taking stitch to an impressive new level within wire sculpture.

Working both two- and three-dimensionally, Priscilla combines colour, stitch, shape and texture, layering to transform surfaces into beautiful, whimsical sculptures full of character, curiosity and charm. With her imaginative use of the needle and her love of retro vintage nostalgia, Priscilla has picked up on an enduring trend, exploring excitingly different ideas and pushing the boundaries with her original ways of working.

The book explores a playful mixed media approach to creating 3D textile sculpture, using a variety of media to transform plain papers and fabrics through colour, texture and mark-making; including both free-machine embroidery and hand stitch. Paving the way for the reader to tackle the five projects that follow, which build in complexity.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Materials and equipment 8
Inspiration 20
Techniques 30
Colour and style 64
Sculptural Textile Projects 72
Souvenir Spoon 74
Fly Away Home 84
A Pocket Full of Posies 94
Time for Tea! 104
Angel Delight 116
Moving on 126
Index and template 128

About the Author

About Priscilla Edwards

Priscilla Edward’s artistic practice is rooted in contemporary textiles but encompasses a broad range of materials, processes and techniques. Her work explores themes relating to identity, memory and nostalgia drawing inspiration from her collections of found objects, ephemera, literature and film. She has exhibited across the UK, Sweden, Germany and the US and is part of ‘Decorum’, a group of artists exhibiting mixed media textiles and embroidery.

Priscilla has over 20 years of teaching experience working in Higher Education, lecturing in several Fashion and Textile Departments including the University of Salford and University of Cumbria. She currently tutors for the University of Creative Arts, and runs independent workshops for textile groups, schools, colleges and universities. Priscilla also works closely with a Cumbria-based charity, Kendal Windows on Art and has been involved in many of their community engagement projects over the past 15 years.

You can see more of Priscilla’s work here www.priscillaedwards.co.uk

Facebook @artistpriscillaedwards

Instagram @priscillafcedwards


Embroidery Magazine

Priscilla Edwards' contemporary mixed media artworks offer a refreshingly different approach to embroidery, taking stitch to an impressive new level within wire sculpture. With her imaginative use of the needle and love of retro vintage nostalgia, the artist has picked up on an enduring trend. In this guide, she reveals how to combine colour, stitch, shape, texture and layering to transform surfaces into beautiful, whimsical sculptures full of character, curiosity and charm. Learn about free-machine embroidery and hand-stitch, plus how to construct supporting frames.

Every page of this guide is a visual joy, and there is also a comprehensive section on choosing tools and sourcing materials. 

Amazon Customer Review

This is a wonderful book. I have loved Priscilla's work for years, even to the point of driving to Thirsk at literally the opposite end of the country for a half-day workshop, years ago when I was able. Those lucky people in the north of England! I used to love her fabric collages on canvas, but this book is about her lovely ethereal textile sculptures, using humble materials and transforming them into the most beautiful works of art. She is a very generous person, detailing every step needed to create these pieces for ourselves, and a bonus is that she is in the UK, so there isn't the usual frustration of not being able to acquire supplies - for the most part. Yet another bonus is that her publisher has not given in to the latest trend of grey text and pale, barely there illustrations, as seems de rigeur in some contemporary textile books. If you are a fan of Priscilla's work, you will not be disappointed. And if you aren't - why aren't you?

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We learn to use a variety of mixed media in this practical guide. Plain papers and fabrics are transformed through colour, texture, mark making, free-motion embroidery and hand stitching. With our confidence boosted, we can then tackle five exciting projects, which build complexity.

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