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I was trying to keep one of my favourite textile artists to myself, but I am feeling generous (not to mention that I am short on ideas for a blog post), so I will share.  Her name is Hinke Schreuders and she was born in 1969 in Amsterdam.

She is best known for taking pages from old magazines, mostly images of women from 1950s and 1960s, and altering them with embroidery.  I have tried to do this myself but found it a difficult medium as Hinke mentions in an interview for The Hedgerow Review (link below):  “The fact that the photos are printed pages from old magazines does make for a vulnerable working surface, since the paper usually is old, yellowed, and somewhat brittle. I like it that this quality emphasizes the human and personal vulnerability that exists as a subject in my work.”

‘Works on Paper 36’, Hinke Schreuders

Hinke affixes the images to linen and applies a layer of hand-stitched embroidery, beading, lace, and flourishes of ink to alter the images to something that can be, at times, slightly unsettling.

‘Works on Paper 10’, Hinke Schreuders

Womanhood and femininity are the subjects of much of her work “I am interested in the duality of femininity, and what it means to be a woman. To me, the mannequins from fifties’ magazines embody certain feminine archetypes and from this “research framework,” I expand outward through my art”.   With her work, Schreuders says she seeks to “subtly confuse notions of feminine vulnerability and reinforce the position of embroidery as an artistic medium,”.

It wasn’t her work featuring women that initially drew my attention, but rather her work on images of nature and landscapes.  There are not as many pieces of this kind in her collection, but they are so beautiful!  The pieces seen here are part of an ongoing series called Works on Paper. By overstitching and almost obscuring parts of the image, Hinke has managed to enhance the view making details jump to the foreground.

‘Views on Paper 3, Hinke Schreuders


‘View on Paper 5’, Hinke Schreuders

I hope you will be inspired to look differently now at old magazines or photographs – think of what a few embroidery stitches could do to them!

Another series of her work involves telling a story, with just a few embroidered words on old linen cloths.  It really does make me want to know the full story and to pull out some old linens from my attic for repurposing.

‘Story of O (she was nothing), Hinke Schreuders

Hinke’s Website:    http://www.sudsandsoda.com/works/

Full text of interview:


Flying the Flag for Irish Textile Artists

We are rather chuffed this week because we are having a moment in the spotlight!  We were approached some time ago by UK magazine, “Be CREATIVE with Workbox“, to produce an article for their “Unpicked” section where they focus on individual textile art groups.  Well, it’s finally being published – we are in the March/April issue which hit the shelves this week! http://www.creativewithworkbox.com/
We sent them loads of diverse images of our work and this two page spread is the result, featuring pieces by Marie, Kathrina, Asta, Helen and Eimear.   The magazine is not widely available but some copies have been ordered by Barker and Jones in Naas so join the scramble to get your copy.   It can also be purchased online at http://www.creativewithworkbox.com/product/current-issue/
It is an interesting magazine worth keeping an eye on if you have an interest in textiles!    Thanks to Helen who did all the hard work pulling the article together.

Artist in Profile: Gladys Paulus

An Interview with Gladys Paulus by Vanessa Scott-Hayward 

I have followed the work of Gladys Paulus for many years now, I was first introduced to her when I picked up an Issue of the magazine Crafty.  I was just setting out on my own handmade journey and I had recently started felting as a hobby. Seeing the work of Gladys inspired me and struck a cord.

Just last year I rediscovered her through her facebook page where you can see a snapshot of all the amazing things that she is up to.  Her work is theatrical and inspirational. Gladys was incredibly generous with her time in answering my questions and I think you will agree it is a wonderful insight into her inspiration and how she works. Enjoy!  Read more