3 Local Textile Artists You Should Know About

Natural, sumptuous textures add an inviting, organic esthetic to your home. Luckily, Victoria is blessed with numerous textile artists creating beautiful — and functional — wares.

Art + Soul Creative

Knots2Made on a piece of driftwood foraged in Tofino, the above wallhanging contains naturally dyed 100 per cent cotton rope imported from Turkey. PHOTO: SWEET HEIRLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY

From bohemian wall hangings to retro plant hangers, the pieces by Danielle Roy of Art + Soul Creative are made with the intricate knots of macramé. The Duncan-based artist believes macramé is a fun way to add character and natural elements to any space.

“Being that I’m an Island girl, I use any excuse to scour our beaches to collect local driftwood to use,” Roy says. “All my pieces are made with 100 per cent cotton fibre — many are also embellished with other elements like copper and natural crystals.”

Margie Bella

Knots3The Penny accent cushion has a strip from a vintage Pendleton wool stripe incorporated into the front panel.

It was while working in the interior design industry that Amy Cripps of Margie Bella cultivated a deep appreciation for high-quality, unique and lovable products for the home. Her hand-painted accent cushions reflect her background in fine art and her love for design.

“Throw pillows can easily transform a not-so-magnificent piece of furniture into something spectacular,” Cripps says.

She thinks of her cushions as mini-painting studies, in which the hand-painted panels are constructed with 100 per cent cotton and the fabric paint is heat-set with an iron. The materials used in the back panels of the cushions vary and are sometimes vintage and recycled fabrics, giving an extra unique touch.  

Wovenwares

Knots1Dewy and Nagamine use a herringbone pattern in their multi-purpose squares, which are made from organic cotton and linen.

For Heather Dewy and Suzuna Nagamine — the weavers of Wovenwares — unique textiles add life to a home. They weave their simple and stunning wares from carefully selected materials, such as local alpaca wool from Vancouver Island’s Hinterland yarns used in their rugs.

Their favourite homeware to create is their squares: “They are totally multi-functional and come in all sizes filling many purposes,” Nagamine says. “Bath or kitchen towel, handkerchief and napkin, to be used in every room of the house.” 

This article is from the March/April 2018 issue of YAM.