In this morning’s email, there was an unexpected treat, the second issue of Through Our Hands, a free online magazine focusing on fiber art in Europe, edited by Annabel Rainbow, Laura Kemshall, Linda Kemshall, three fiber artists living in the UK. The entire issue may be read by following this link: Direct Link to Magazine.

Through Our Hands Issue 2












More information about the magazine is  available on its website.

Those who are interested in fiber art and follow its trends know that a great deal of innovative fiber work is being done in Europe. While this is also true in the U.S., the flavor of the art in the two continents is somewhat different. Many European artists combine paper and fabric in their work, or they use subtle sculptural techniques to give a 3D feel. Some UK artists, perhaps influenced by the strong embroidery traditions of fiber art in the UK, heavily stitch their pieces, both by hand and machine.

Many artists are featured in this edition of Through Our Hands including Alicia Merrett, Sandra Meech, Eszter Bornemisza, Mirjam Pet-Jacobs, Bente Vold Klausen, and Fiona Campbell, among others. The magazine shows examples of their work, contains several articles on artists’ processes, and also discusses some of the interesting materials that are being experimented with by fiber artists. Several articles focus on sources of inspiration and new directions.

Spend a few minutes with this new entry in the field of fiber art; it will be time well spent. There is much to ponder here, and much to be inspired by.