The Easel

5th October 2021

Spinning yarns with Sheila Hicks

A studio visit with Hicks, the eminent textile artist. Her best known “fibre sculptures” are large, some being installations for building foyers that “emulate the splendour of the natural world.” Hicks also has a liking for small works, including “little exercises in disobedience” that result from working with unruly thread.  This is, says the writer, a world of craftmanship and “slow adventure”, where finished objects “demand to be touched”. More images are here.


Noguchi would have disliked being described as ‘designer and artist’. For him, his tables, lights and sculptures were not fashion items but a reflection of the human activity associated those objects. Well, at least one critic doesn’t see Noguchi’s modernist designs as art, either. They have “no punch … no emotional or psychic energy, just … harmless creations”. Responds another “just because something is simple, modest and popular does not mean it is not art.”