I get a distinctly calm feeling when I look at these incredible works by fiber artist Heather Collins. By using a variety of textiles and embroidery techniques she pieces together sculptures that recreate the natural world in unbelievable detail. She describes her unique process in a terrific interview by TextileArtists.org.

I use free machine embroidery, mainly straight stitch or zigzag, taking a few threads at a time. I intensely machine them together incorporating snippets of wool and fabric to create a new piece of cloth. I’m not too precious about my work, often cutting it up and reworking it, using a heat gun or soldering iron to distress the work to achieve the desired effect, and embellishing with hand stitch as required.

Andrew Salomone

Andrew Salomone

Artist, writer, and teacher who makes work about popular culture, technology, and traditional craft processes.

  • http://www.kznmosaics.co.za Sheila

    I am just venturing into fiber sculpture and trying to get ideas. I have been invited to take part in an exhibition which may be put on by IQC Africa. I am coming to this later in life dand finding it quite difficult to start, so these articles on textile art are very interesting. I am in Durban, South Africa.
    Thank you