The Easel

21st May 2024

Why textiles are all the rage in the art world right now

Textiles have long been discounted as craft rather than art. Two “fabulous” US shows of textiles indicate this may be changing. One reason is a greater appreciation of textiles’ role in the development of modernism. In addition, current textile artists – like the American Sheila Hicks – are wildly inventive. This writer declares that weaving is “one of the most extraordinary, sophisticated things humans have ever managed to do. It’s connected not just to survival … but also to the human capacity for abstract thought.”