In his “Flow” series, Benjamin Shine shapes netting into captivating and serene portraits. The artist, inspired by the concept of mindfulness, has taken this approach to multiple scales. His recent, outdoor “Sky Flow” sculpture “Quietude” represents a shift forward for the artist, influenced by the smaller works before it on canvas. (“Quietude” photos by Mindbodygreen.)
Working with fabric dye on cotton, Iranian artist Orkideh Torabi creates scenes and portraits that poke fun at the men behind patriarchal societies. The works are tethered to the history of her home country, taking influence from antique Persian miniatures. The artist is currently based in Chicago.
Sandra de Groot crafts soft armor and ornate headpieces in her macramé “kNOTs” series. When the works adorn models, they are activated in a way that appears both regal and fantastical. Each piece feels independent of any one place or time.
Paola Idrontino‘s massive textile sculpture “Evanescent” depicts the scourge of coral bleaching in the world’s oceans, brought on by climate change. The work, which took years to complete, was recently on display at Museu del Disseny de Barcelona. Idrontino’s practice includes textiles, wearable art, and photography.
Maryam Ashkanian’s stirring “Sleep” series offers embroidered figures on pillows, with threads creating a sculptural landscape on each canvas. The works carry both an intimacy and are part of a broader practice that implements textiles and painting into unexpected forms. The fiber artist is currently based in Iran, where she operates her studio.
Raija Jokinen reassembles aspects of the human bodies with flax. The Finnish artist interweaves creatures and notes of nature into her recreations of our interior. Jokinen considers her work to exist at the “meeting point of the techniques in painting, graphic art, hand made paper and textile.”