The Creative Process | The Art of Textiles

The Creative Process | The Art of Textiles

I have re-purposed terminology to not only describe my creative processes but to title and catalog my work. It has become our own studio lingo which can sometimes sound foreign to the rest of the world...

I started out painting mainly original abstract works on canvas.  As I learned to reproduce artwork I began experimenting with different printing and digital processes. The first "babies" emerged as a collection I coined "textiles". 

Textile, any filament, fibre or yarn that can be made into fabric or cloth, and the resulting material itself.

adjective - woven or capable of being woven 

I basically adopted and molded the verbiage as a way to describe and catalog my creative process. The term "textile" in my world described the weaving and layering of my imagery.  At the time, I had no idea my terminology would be a foreshadowing of what was to evolve. By 2015, the artwork had grown into actual fabrics and rugs, causing a bit of inevitable "textile lingo" confusion.

Regardless, the name "Textile Art" is part of my portfolio and the collections grow within each painting.

The textile art process is best described in pictures. Below is an example of one of my abstract paintings (Coastal Landscape).  The derivative textiles are sections pulled and repeated to generate patterns. I can manipulate the imagery to offer a completely unique and different pattern by selecting different areas of the painting. Each textile is named after it's master painting. 

The process itself is certainly not rocket science in the graphic world...I stumbled on the concept by merely printing a canvas with a cloned edge for the purpose of wrapping the canvas. Creating an actual body of work and an eye for what translates to a buyer is not so easy. I can spend hours developing pieces and end up with nothing of value...but such is art. With that being said, I feel sharing my textile process is a way to educate buyers about the uniqueness of the patterns as each has it's own creative story. Various patterns have been used in licensed collections of wallcoverings, fabrics, and rugs.

My favorite way to offer the textiles is, of course...as gallery quality artwork. The hand-torn papers are floated and mounted on linen mat board using archival methods. Each artwork is initialed and offered as an open edition print.  

 

Coastal Textile No. 2 + Coastal Textile No. 3 shown in our champagne gold frame. 

 

Carol Benson-Cobb
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The Creative Process | Mixed Media Works

The Creative Process | Mixed Media Works

The word Mixed Media as traditionally defined in the art world means "creating" using multiple artistic media, such as pen and ink, chalk, and graphite, used in combination. I felt the term was the best way to describe my methods of customization.

The Mixed Media Original (MMO) is a customized, signed canvas. Unlike solvent reproductions, the Mixed Medias are printed on an aqueous printer. The water based inks allow for additional paint to be added, creating a unique, signed and numbered canvas.

All Mixed Media works are signed and stamped with an authenticity tag.

Any artwork can be ordered as a Mixed Media.

 

Carol Benson-Cobb
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