Generally speaking, art is an amazing tool to add character to a space.
Textile artworks also add a layer of texture and – when sufficiently big – can even contribute to the thermal insulation of a room.
Textile art can also turn out to be a cost-effective alternative, as tapestries are often less expensive than an equally big canvas.
Last but not least, textile art has been rising in popularity lately. Pinterest has even included it in the top trends for the new year, with users’ searches for textile art increasing by a remarkable +1718% (opened in a new window/tab)
Tying together the rise of textile art as interior trend 2019 and the use of art in biophilic design, I’ve searched for examples of biophilic-inspired textile art.
Let's take a look!
Upcycling & textile art
Keeping an eye on sustainability, Lisa Kokin (opened in a new window/tab) uses recycled materials like buttons, photos and books to create her textile art.
One of my favourite is this gorgeous branch of textile leaves. Each leaf encloses a fragment of a book. It is Silent Spring by Rachel Carson, that I’ve learned has been one of the first popular books about the polluting effects of pesticides.
Louise Saxton (opened in a new window/tab)’s work is also an example of sustainable textile art. She uses – or better said reuses – pieces of needlework, pins and tulle and assembles them to create gorgeous tree or animal shapes!
Talking about a sustainable approach to art, I've found a useful infographic that summarizes different ways of creating environmentally-mindful art.
Fractal textile art
Natural textures & textile art
What about reproducing stones with textile art?
These rugs are made assembling felt & wool stones, and they look incredibly realistic!
From stones to the ocean. The work of Vanessa Barragão (opened in a new window/tab) is inspired by coral reefs. Alternating crochet sea-creatures, fringes and hand-tufted areas, the end product is full of different textures and reproduces the real scene with incredible detail!
Overall, textile art is yet another way to recall natural shapes and textures in a biophilic design, reconnecting people with the natural world.