Angie Hranowsky

The Art of Texture + Sheila Hicks

April 12, 2011

Two of the most important elements of my work combine color and texture so I can't help but be drawn to the stunning work of Sheila Hicks. An internationally recognized artist, Hicks studied painting under Josef Albers at Yale, but it was South America where she developed a passion for working with fibers. She went on to live in Mexico, Morocco, India and now divides her time between New York City and Paris. Most of her work is in the form of wall hangings, but over the years she has produced numerous large scale commissions. Her fiber art sculptures are created using many methods, including knitting, knotting, bonding, felting and tufting. I love her vivid use of color, experimental and innovative approach and her use of natural materials. Her works are in the permanent collections of the MOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Rhode Island School of Design and Center Pompidou in Paris.

Some of her works can be found for sale through artnet, the Cristina Grajales Gallery and 1st dibs. As for me I am awaiting my copy of the book, Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor, put out by The Bard Graduate Center and designed by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom. It received the most beautiful book in the world award when it was published in 2006. As a graphic designer I can't wait to get my hands on this baby.

Below you will also find some pairings of her work with the fall 2011 collection of Custo Barcelona. When I saw his collection over at Pattern Observer I couldn't resist. Enjoy!