Here's my next instalment of favourite textile/fashion artist.

Femke Agema, creates amazing wearable forms which I cant get enough of. I love the originality, craftsmanship, and fantastical ideas behind her work, all done with such wonderful humour and playfulness.

Is a vision of the world springing into life after winter. It’s inspired by the simple joy we feel in being let loose into the wild to play in an environment overflowing with possibilities. A world where you make treehouses, huts and rafts from whatever you can get your hands on. A world made to be explored, bursting with colours and textures, where the only limit is your imagination. 

Femke Agema 'Elders' Parade from BASTER on Vimeo.

Nigliktok 2012
Created for the inevitable snowpocalypse, the Nigliktok collection, takes its name from the Inuit word for 'cold.' Nigliktok is Femke's vision of a world frozen over, a world where ice and snow dominate, but her signature colourful and playful aesthetic can still illuminate the landscape

Femke can also be found on Facebook 

Continuing on with magnificent creature creation, I thought I should include a picture of Artist Nick Caves soundsuit. Nina van der Voorn's Kingdom of Klah, and The Klah Gazette for her equally wonderful imagination. And to conclude Charles Freger, check out the article written in the Guardian Savage, beautiful and surviving.

Nick Cave

Nina van der Voorn

wild man; Wilder Mann by Charles Freger


Magdalena Abakanowicz

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be looking at some of my favourite textile artists c.1960s to the present day and who best to start with but Magdalena. The sheer size of these works are outstanding, the Bois-le-Duc, measuring 65-feet-long, 26-feet-tall. (pictured top right).

'Abakanowicz’s work came to international attention through the emotional intensity of its engagement with fibre and textiles. Her ‘Abakans’—a generic title for a series of interrelated works described by the artist as ‘textile situations’—are woven structures in which shaped tapestry elements are assembled to form enveloping installations'. 

Magdalena has a website here
Magdalena Abakanowicz podcast
National Gallery of Australia