We’re absolutely delighted to introduce A Love Note to Textiles, an exciting new programme of free online live interviews featuring international textile artists in front of a virtual audience. The series was developed by Aurifil Artisans Kathy Ross and Allison Carpenter-Hughes, two remarkable makers who connected online in the height of the pandemic and bonded over their shared passion for textile illustration and exploration.
Ali and Kathy have both been featured on textile podcasts in the past but feel that textile art needs a visual interactive platform to really understand the work of the artist. With the ever increasing popularity of online conferences and the ability to connect with like-minded individuals across the globe via Zoom, they want to showcase the amazing talent that exists, with the aim to strengthen textiles being seen as an artform.
The series kicked off on Wednesday, serving as an introduction to the whole project. Kathy and Ali interviewed each other, discussed their three personal favorite pieces, and gave a run down of guests coming up in October. The session is now available to view on YouTube — simply click on the video below to dive in!
The guest artist interviews will start Wednesday, 13th October and then will run every second week on a Wednesday evening at 7pm GMT. Limited tickets will be available with a recording released at a later date via YouTube.
Each featured artist will give an approximate 20 minute slideshow presentation about their work (influences, processes, subjects, etc), followed by questions from Kathy and Ali. There will also be the opportunity for the audience to put forward those need-to-know textile/art practice questions.
We’re excited to learn more about what inspires these artists, how the process differs from maker to maker, what tools are most utilized, and maybe even get a sneak peek at some works in progress.