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Emily Greentree
Teri Kerss
Fiber and Textile Arts, Mendocino College
Written Research Assignment on Alice Kettle
Due 11/15/2012…written on 12/10/2012
My Inspirational Textile Artist During my browsing on a Google search, I ran into a contemporary textile/fiber artist from the United Kingdom by the name of Alice Kettle. At first the reason why I had chosen to write about her is because she uses organic material for her projects. She has her degree in Fine Arts as well as Textile art. I am very much attracted to the art that she portrays in her textile. I can see a lot of different people, emotion, and stories embodied in her pieces. She uses varieties in the thickness and types of thread that is stitched to cloth. That reminds me a little of what I have been doing, which is exploring varieties of yarn, however the reason I do so is to try new material because I am new to textile making. I have found that I like the different materials used, it creates a texture that you cannot find if you were to be using the same material throughout your entire piece. Her inspiration comes from history, thoughts, poems, fears, connections, stories, people, and places. She uses a technique of stitching thread on cloth with a machine. When she was younger, she painted. She prefers to use free form art over technique used. Stitching allows her to do this; comparing the thread/machine to a brush and the cloth to paper. It is easier for her to bring about ideas and expression this way, it is easier for her to not fully plan but let her art flow in the moment, making changes here and there if necessary. I can appreciate that because as much as I enjoy organization and planning, I also love the flexibility and would like to try to practice this in the future with textiles. She also talks about how she likes to find the relationship between the figure (her figurative response to the world) and the space that it finds itself in. I have found myself thinking that way in our coiling project, how I can possibly add artwork to my basket. Even my first weave where I used in-lay technique to create a figurative image of balance with a free hand. Her textiles are significant to the world because she (sometimes along with other artists) engages others to “make” and be “makers” as well as along the way learn from each other and understand more. I feel this strongly represents the journey of life in a positive way. She celebrates uniqueness and togetherness. Also, she shows the reality of pain and hurting, most times being brought on by war. I feel we cannot ignore the bad. Where there is darkness, there will always be light. Clearly, I can admire Alice Kettle’s art work and ideas. After learning more about her, I feel encouraged to try more textile techniques that could be similar to drawing and painting. She makes her living from her artwork as most artists do, which deserves a lot of credit for determination and creativity, at the same time making interest in others to buy. This is admirable from every artist that does this. I really like that she uses organic material and uses varieties of threads embody her figurative views of the life. It is cool that through her experiences she has found a technique that makes her happy, while at the same time finding new techniques for her art to grow forward.…...

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