Meet the Artists 



Adriana Torres

Visible Mending with Needlelace Technique

"Adriana Torres is an award winning artist, illustrator and founder of Miga de Pan and has studied architecture and graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. 

Adriana has taught embroidery workshops worldwide and she participated with her embroidery artworks at several collective art exhibitions in Buenos Aires, Paris and Leipzig.

Her work was published by Thames and Hudson in “The New Artisans''; DPI magazine (Taiwan); Super Handmade (China), Stich•illo by Uppercase (Canada); Frankie (Australia), Selvedge (UK) and was the cover of Embroidery Magazine (United Kingdom)."

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Agatha Lee 'Agy'

Translating Nature into Thread Art - with Free Motion Embroidery

Agatha Lee "Agy" is a Singapore-based textile artist specialising in embroidery. Although she learnt to sew from her mother, it was not until 2012 that she rediscovered her passion for it and started creating textile collages and 3D textures through free motion machine embroidery, hand stitching and marking.

Her previous career as an environmental policy maker has enabled her to bridge the gap between sustainability and art, and has encouraged her to create works to reconnect people with not only the environment, but their inner tortoise. As an environmental advocate, her work explores making visible the things that are usually 'hidden' from the public. These include corals, weeds and fungi.

She is a member of the Society for Embroidery Work and Fertile Art Refinery Singapore.

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Ali Baecker | 3 Dotted Penguins

Explore the Mediative Art of Block Printing

Ali Baecker is a self-taught printmaker and pattern lover, based in Switzerland and runs the block printing studio 3 Dotted Penguins.

She uses the medium of block printing to explore pattern and surface designs. All her designs come to life through the meditative and slow process of carving blocks by hand and building up prints and patterns by placing inked block after block.

Her work is inspired by her daydreams about the (far away) sea and her everyday adventures (near and far). Ali regularly teaches (live online) workshops on block printing and pattern design to participants around the world. Her original block prints, screen-printed textiles, and stationery goods are available in her Etsy shop. 

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Amy Maricle

Printing with Thread

Amy is inspired by the many patterns that exist in nature. She loves exploring these in drawing, painting, paper cutting, and papier mache. As a teacher, she loves helping students slow down to notice beautiful details in nature, weave these into their work, and slow down to enjoy the process of creating. In her workshop, Printing with String, you’ll explore the prints you can make with ink and fiber, and ideas for how to use them in your art. She is the author of the book, Draw Yourself Calm, and her writing and art have been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and Psych Central. She blogs and teaches classes online at Amy lives in Mansfield, MA, with her husband, son, and two mischievous dogs. 

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Ann Smith

Creating a Fabric Scrap Bird Collage

Ann Smith is an artist and self-described creative wanderer based in the south San Francisco Bay Area at the foot of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Her textile-oriented interests range from slow stitching and ecoprinting to visible mending and block printing. There’s nothing she enjoys more than exploring new creative territory, and her art is constantly adapting and changing as a result.

As a lifelong nature lover and bird watcher, Ann finds inspiration in the natural world, and her art is anchored in earth-friendly practices. She constructs her textile bird collages entirely from donated or salvaged fabric scraps. Ann is drawn to the meditative qualities of handwork and often starts her day with a quiet bit of improvisational stitching in the garden as she listens to the birds sing.


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Erin Eggenburg

A Creative Approach to Visible Mending in Practice

Erin Eggenburg is a maker, mender, and author and instructor who resides in Portland, OR. She is the owner of wrenbirdarts, an embroidery and mending supply shop, and author of The Mending Directory. Erin teaches a variety of visible mending and embroidery classes regularly. 

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Geri Berman aka Geri In Stitches

How to Create Marbled Fabric 

 Geri loves to sew, and is on a quest to spread the joy of creating a me-made wardrobe. In order to infuse her garments with a more personal touch, she incorporates textile arts like Sashiko stitching and tie-dye. To see her work, you can go to her website or Instagram account (@geri_in_stitches). Most of the skills that she has acquired has been self-taught. If she can do it, so can you!

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Hanny Newton

Creative Goldwork : Precious Imperfections 

Hanny Newton is a metal thread embroiderer who follows her own personal response to the traditional art form of goldwork. Since studying at the Royal School of Needlework she has been interested in the inherent qualities of different metal threads – the way threads interact with light, and the subtle differences in movement and memory.  She works with metal threads form the UK’s last remaining metal thread manufacturers, who spin metal threads using methods that have barely changed for centuries.

She creates from her studio in Shropshire, Uk working on her own pieces and with interior designers and art consultancies to apply her contemporary approach to metal thread work to larger scale projects for hotel and private residencies around the globe. She has taught her contemporary approach to Goldwork internationally, including the The British Museum, London, Westdean College UK, and the Australian Design Centre, Sydney

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Heidi Iverson

Patchwork Needlebook

Heidi is a textile artist, clothing designer, natural dye advocate, and founding member of the Fibershed. She has been doing handwork since she was 6 years old thanks to her grandmother. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of mending, natural dyeing, and patchwork with a focus on minimum waste practices.

Heidi is a working artist and creative living in a tiny Redwood forest in Northern California.

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Jen Duffin - Nova Mercury Design 

Mindful Circular Weaving

Nova Mercury Design is Jen Duffin's fibre art practice. Inspired by colour and whimsy, Jen creates art that brings joy and vibrance to her clients’ decor. In addition to making original art, she loves to encourage creativity and mindfulness by teaching weaving workshops and offering a selection of weaving tools and supplies. She aims to create beautiful, heirloom artworks and to inspire a love of creating in others.

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Kate Sekules

Dr. Mend's Surgery

Kate’s mission is to spread the mend, foster community, and get us all codesigning our own wardrobes. Her mending has been featured in the New York Times, Selvedge, Vogue, and Nylon, among others, and exhibited widely (RISD and Winterthur Museums, Cornell, Bard Graduate Center Gallery, etc.) As historian of mending and fashion, she is a professor at Pratt Institute, a frequent lecturer and speaker (FIT, NYU, Parsons, Textile Soc. of America, American Studies Assoc, etc), and the mending author for the forthcoming Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of World Textiles. She is currently completing her PhD dissertation A History and Theory of Mending, after which she will have actually earned this title Dr Mend. Her book MEND! A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto was published by Penguin in 2020, and she has just launched her digital humanities project a collaborative worldwide mending map. As @visiblemend she hosts MendMarch on Instagram, and would like everyone to please join in.

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Kate Ward 

“I'm passionate about textiles, environmental issues and living a meaningful life.

Zen Stitching is the ultimate combination of my passions and by embracing the beautiful and practical designs of sashiko I am mending my clothes, reducing waste and the act of sewing encourages mindfulness.”

Kate Ward is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator with over twenty years experience working and teaching in the Arts. Her interests include textiles, ceramics, jewellery, printmaking and intermedia. 

She is the recipient of numerous international scholarships, residencies and exchange programs.

Her work has been selected for national and international exhibitions and awards and her work is represented in national and international collections.

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Laura Edgar

Creating Textile Art Collages from Vintage/Recycled Fabrics

Laura is a textile artist and tutor who works in the medium of textiles, exploring an eclectic mix of vintage textiles /recycled clothing to create original artworks.

She finds inspiration in nature and vintage/recycled textiles; intrigued by the emotive power of nature and our sense of place, as well as traces of history in vintage textiles and the re-use of landfill destined clothing; she attempts to capture these notions in her work.

Laura explores changing textures and fluidity by applying various forms of manipulation to fabrics such as paint, heat and embroidery techniques; this experimental approach is an important element of her process, as is the cathartic experience that creating provides.

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Lorna Crane

The Textured Cloth Book: Gelliplate Printing, Momigami Making with Paper and the Assemblage of the Textured and Layered Paper and Cloth Book

Lorna is an established artist and has been involved with many artist run initiatives and community arts projects. Her landscape inspired works are in private, national and international collections.

Acquisitions include Alice Prize (mixed media) and first prize Calleen Art Award. Residencies include Berlin, Broken Hill, Bundanon, Venice, Barcelona and North Bruny Island.

She became known as The Brushmaker in 2015 sourcing natural fibres and materials from her local environment and has been teaching her unique way of exploring visual language through live workshops all around Australia and most recently online with Fibre Arts Take Two.

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Maria Theoharous

Using and Reusing Lace

Sewing is what fuels Maria Theoharous's creativity and she loves sharing her sewing passion online. She's sewn clothes since she was in school and there's always something new to learn. Some would say Maria is a textiles artist and at the end of the day she loves working with fabric and notions to create great clothes and accessories. Couture sewing is a practice that she's learnt but she claims that really, it's not that hard. If you hand stitch, you'll already have the skills to couture sew.

Now Maria helps the sewing community share their sewing journey on her podcast, Sew Organised Style podcast. You'll hear all of Kate Ward's podcast as she's passionate about stitching and all facets of textiles and being mindful.

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Nicki Franklin

Floral Alphabet

Nicki was taught to embroider by her Great-Grandma at the age of 6 and spent an idyllic childhood stitching and knitting.

She turned to her sewing box again in her early thirties when life started to feel that it was moving too quickly and becoming stressful. Nicki found stillness and calmness through needlework and it has since become an important part of her mental healthcare.

Inspired by flowers, trees, and the English countryside, Nicki uses antique linens and a soft, muted, colour palette to create embroidery kits for beginners and advanced stitchers alike.

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Ruth Woods

Textile Baskets from Recycled Materials

With a background in textiles, working as a clothing designer for over 25 years, then being introduced to basketry fifiteen years ago Ruth loves to combine different techniques and materials. She has been creating textile baskets made from recycled materials and loves that you can create beautiful things made from waste products and finds it a challenge to use as little newly bought resources as possible.

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Sarah Pedlow

The Chain Stitch: Connecting With Heritage And Other Cultures Through Embroidery

Sarah Pedlow, the founder of ThreadWritten, is an artist working with embroidery and cultural preservation through workshops, textile travel retreats, and fine art. ThreadWritten supports women artisans, traditional and contemporary textile practices, and the preservation of heritage through research, education, and the cultivation of a global community of makers.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sarah moved to Amsterdam, NL, in 2019 where she now lives and works. She has taught and lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Textile Arts Council at the de Young Museum, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, Tatter (Brooklyn, NY), WildCraft Studio School (Portland, OR), The Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Crafts Council Nederland, and Selvedge Magazine. Her work has been featured in Uppercase, Veranda, House & Garden UK, and Selvedge magazines. 

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Sherri Lynn Wood

Floating Squares, Algorithms, and Flow: Improv Patchwork 

Sherri Lynn sees craft—the work of human hands in history—as containing the potential to create, by hand, new relationships inside living human systems, opening up space for personal agency and social change. Currently based in Cincinnati Ohio, she has been improvising quilts as a creative life practice for 30 years, and is the author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously (Abrams, 2015).

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Suzanne Ledesma-Sikkerbøl

Pocket Books with Botanical Prints

Suzanne is a textile artist whose current focus is botanical printing and plant based dyeing, which is incorporated into work on cloth, paper, stitching and hand made books.

Originally from the United States, she now makes her home in a tiny, quiet village in rural Norway. Thoroughly imbedded in nature, she lives a creative, simple and peaceful life...among very tall trees.

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Youngmin Lee

Stitching and Wishing Happiness

Youngmin Lee is a textile artist living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied Clothing and Textile in college and continued her studies and received an MFA in Fashion Design. She worked as a fashion designer in Seoul, South Korea.

She chose Bojagi (Korean wrapping cloths) as her creative medium and presented workshops on Korean Textile Arts including Bojagi workshops. In addition to teaching in person, Youngmin created the DVD Bojagi: The Art of Wrapping Cloths in 2013 to reach people from afar. She teaches numerous workshops about Bojagi and Korean traditional textile art form.

She founded the Korean Textile Tour in 2017 to introduce Korean traditional textile art and culture.

Youngmin’s bojagi works have been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad.

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