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Inspirational...celebrating creativity



Inspirational 1 - features eight of the best contemporary artists: Elizabeth Bunsen, Melanie Ferguson, Louise O'Hara, Shannon Weber, Jude Hill, Dietmar Voorwold, Amy Genser, Joanie Gagnon San Chirico. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 2 - features eight of the best contemporary artists: India Flint, Sarah Purvey, Deidre Adams, Meredith Woolnough, Sue Hotchkis, Karen Gubitz, F. E. Clark, Jonathan Fuller. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 3 - features eight of the best contemporary artists: Wen Redmond, Gizella K. Warburton, Karine Leger, David Brown, Caroline Bell, Matt Tommey, Annie Coe, Christine Mauersberger. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 4 - features eight of the best in contemporary artists: Betty Busby, Frikkx, Helen Terry, Jessica Jordan, Joan Anderson, Karen Margolis, Nnenna Okore, Carol Nelson. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 


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Inspirational 5 - features eight of the best in contemporary artists: Algernon Eldritch, Brenda Holzke, Sarah Ross-Thompson, Fenella Elms, Barbara Schneider, Isobel Currie, Cas Holmes, Patricia Oblack. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 6 - features eight of the best in contemporary artists: Christine Chester, David Skillicorn, Jennifer McCurdy, Gopika Nath, Chris Keegan, Polly Jacobs Giacchina, Russell Tomlin, Terry Jarrard-Dimond. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 7 - features eight of the best in contemporary artists: Laura Edgar, Chris Fennell, Jane Davies, Mark Goodwin, Richard Christopher Patterson, Richard McVetis, Seth Apter, Tony Plant. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 8 - features eight of the best in contemporary artists: Stewart Kelly, Ingress Vortices, Adrian Smith, Shane Drinkwater, Diane Savona, Timo Ahjotuli, Bea Last, Danae Falliers. All of the articles are written by editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 9 - features seven of the best in contemporary artists: Bruno Varatojo, Cos Ahmet, Daniel Shiel, Dinah Sargeant, Jessica Drenk, Miroslava Rakovic, Nancy Cohen. All of the articles are written by the editor, John Hopper. 

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Inspirational 10 - celebrates 8 years of The Textile Blog. 45 contemporary artists that have been featured over the history of The Textile Blog have been brought together for this special issue. The 45 artists have supplied a selection of new work, as well as a summary of where they are presently on their creative path. All of the artists featured in order of appearance are: Deb Lacativa, Lisa Holstein, Valerie Goodwin, Cathy Kleeman, Peggy Brown, Nelda Warkentin, Cynthia Corbin, Carol Taylor, Altoon Sultan, Gerrie Congdon, Pat Dolan, Denise Linet, Helene Davis, Pat Pauly, Deborah Gregory. Ellin Larimer, Wen Redmond, Terry Jarrard-Dimond, Brenda Smith, Dominie Nash, Linda McCurry, Erin Wilson, Nancy Clearwater Herman, Diane Savona, India Flint, Rayna Gillman, Jette Clover, Marlene Cohen, Judith Plotner, Karen Stiehl Osborn, Jeanne Raffer Beck, Clare Plug, Andrea Vail, Mitchell Manuel, Stanley Bulbach, Martin Ebrey, Kirsty Wallace, Anthony Stevens, Dennis Potter, Barbara Tomecak, Mary Mazziotti, David Lasry, Roxanne Lasky, Giulia Gazza, Jennifer Gaye.

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Inspirational 11 - Word & Symbol. Twenty Two contemporary artists that range from painters to poets, from needlework to collage, from the aesthetic to the cheeky, all have a place in this issue.
Each artist has a segment of this portfolio Inspirational, each giving a description of their work and how they personally work with words and symbols. Then each artist has chosen 6 to 8 images of their work to illustrate their personalised text. 
The list of artists appearing in this new issue of Inspirational are, in order of appearance: Alicia Eaton Lewis, Anatol Knotek, Brian Kenny, Chazalon Respress, China Marks, Dana Frankfort, Emma Parker, Emmanuel Signorino, Gregory Siff, Henry Hussey, Ines Seidel, Johan Deckmann, Jordan Alan Brown, Laurie Doctor, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Maria Wigley, Mark Hopper, Meg Hitchcock, Peg Grady, Peyton Freiman, Sara Impey, Sergio Albiac.

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Inspirational plus: man/body/fiber - 6 artists, 8 questions.
The artists: Anthony Steven, Cos Ahmet, James Fox, Joe Lewis, Luke Haynes, Stewart Kelly
The questions: Why fiber/textiles and not another discipline? What does it mean to you personally, being a man? What does it mean to you being a man in the fiber/textiles field? How do you think that your gender influences your work as an artist? What do you think that you have brought with you to the fiber/textiles discipline, by being a man? Do you express your gender through fiber/textiles in a general, or more personal level? Would you encourage more men to enter the fiber/textiles world, and if so, why? What next for Ant, Cos, James, Joe, Luke, Stewart?

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Inspirational 12: human dimension. The 24 artists featured in this Inspirational issue are, in order of appearance: Adam Collier Noel, Alex Garant, Austin Boe, BJ Broekhuizen, Collin McAdoo, David Delruelle, Denholm Berry, George Kanis, Giulio Musardo, Giuseppe Velardo, Joshua Jenkins, Juana Gomez, Karen Rips & Paula Chung, Macsime Simon, Mark Horst, Meghan Willis, Milena Zevu, Raija Jokinen, Rebeka Elizegi, Rene Capone, Robert Flynt, Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, Yoon Jiseon.

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Inspirational 13: Re:appropriate. The 11 artists included in this issue are, in order of appearance: Claudio Parentela, Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, Khristopher Khrist, Harrison Curley, Zeren Badar, Rafael Maldonado, Dervin Batarlo, Molokid, Dave Russo, Armand Brac, Naro Pinosa.

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Inspirational 14 has the themed title 'Personal Portraits'. It is an issue that has as its core the story of eight individual artists who have, do, and will continue to explore gender in its most significant way, through the intimate story of self. The artists, in order of appearance are: Dominic Gora, Emmanuel Barrouyer, Fox Fisher, Jamezie, Louise Wallwein, Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, T Chick McClure, Wilhelm Vincent.

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Inspirational 15 has five in depth interviews with previous Inspirational artists, catching up with them since they were originally featured, and showing new vibrant work by them. It is a way of celebrating the relaunch of Inspirational after a year's break by me due to my father's illness and death. I thought it would be a good cathartic healing step for me to put Inspirational back out there - and it has been, I have enjoyed it immensely, enjoyed working with the artists again, and will therefore enjoy working on Inspirational 16 and onwards.

Inspirational will be introducing new regular features in the coming issues. The first new regular features in this issue are an 'Opinion' section, and an 'Events' section. The opinion section is my chance to write a piece about themes on creativity and the environment of the artist. The events section will be a regular feature that highlights current exhibitions, events, and festivals across the planet.

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Inspirational 16: The four new Inspirational artists are Aline Brant, Debra Fritts, Rita Summers, and Sahaya Sharma.
Aline Brant is a Brazilian-based artist that produces embellished and embroidered work over and through photographs, connecting the figures in the photographs to a larger, expansive reality, one that rejoices in colour and nature.
Debra Fritts is a US-based sculptor that produces amazingly haunting figurative work, images that are part of narratives that are magical, otherworldly, but at the same time rooted in our own experiences.
Rita Summers is an Australian-based artist, designer and passionate eco dyer, and upcycler. Her work in awareness of who we are, where we are, and the impact our lives have on everything and everyone around us is an example of how creativity can help change attitudes and perspectives towards a better world.
Sahaya Sharma is an Indian-based abstract artist that works with dynamic colour, with energy, with music, with self. An amazing expression of the artist as experimenter and as experiencer.
Terry Jarrard-Dimond, the US-based abstract artist was originally featured in Inspirational 6. Ten issues on Terry is again being featured with both an interview and a whole range of new work.
Tom Abbiss Smith is a UK-based artist that produces bold, colourful imagery that is based on digital collage, printmaking and painting. Tom is the first artist to be featured in the new regular ‘Talent’ spot in the magazine.
Mark Sheeky, the UK-based artist, writer, musician, and presenter has just published 21st Century Surrealism and Inspirational is lucky enough to be able to feature the book in its new ‘Review’ section, which will become a regular feature in the magazine from this issue onward.
The ‘Events’ pages are full and highlight a range of art events and opportunities across the planet.

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Inspirational 17: Welcome to the 17th issue of Inspirational magazine. In this issue inspirational features interviews with four new artists, as well as one previous featured artist with new work, a community article, a project article, a book review, and events pages highlighting exhibitions and art events from around the world.

Feature artist: Akiko Suzuki is the internationally renowned Japanese textile/fiber artist. She has worked in a range of disciplines and collaborated creatively and highly successfully with fellow creative artists on an international stage. Akiko gives an in-depth interview and shows a range of her work in this Inspirational feature.  
Feature artist: Amy Oliver is a profound British conceptual artist that works with her own experiences regarding among other subjects – mental health, women’s rights, abuse and identity. Amy gives an in-depth interview and shows a range of her work in this Inspirational feature.       
Feature artist: Emanuela Cau is an Italian photographic artist who produces the most extraordinary emotional, theatrical, magical work, rich in texture and meaning. Emanuela gives an in-depth interview and shows a range of her work in this Inspirational feature.      
Feature artist: Leonard Greco Jr is an American painter and textile artist. Leonard is one of those rare artists, one that has an acute sense of history, sense of spirit, sense of wonder, sense of epic and intimate. Leonard gives an in-depth interview and shows a range of his work in this Inspirational feature.   
New work: The British textile artist Stewart Kelly was originally featured in Inspirational 8. Nine issues on Stewart is again being featured, he gives an in-depth interview, and we see what he has been up to since first being featured in Inspirational, showing a range of his work in this Inspirational feature.       
Community: PEG (Profanity Embroidery Group) is a British textile/fiber community, one that meets regularly to embroider profane statements, but they are so much more. PEG is a community that supports, shares and genuinely engages with its members. Members of PEG are interviewed and they show a range of work produced by PEG in this Inspirational feature.     
Project: World Wide Weave 2018 is a project organised by British textile/fiber artist Maria Clarke-Wilson. It is a planetary wide project that involves eco dyeing of fiber by artists around the globe, and then the pulling together of the results by Maria so that she can freestyle weave a unified result. Maria gives an in-depth interview about this planetary project for this Inspirational feature.   
Review: Points of Juncture is a book about an exhibition. Points of Juncture was a ground-breaking exhibition held at the Forty Hall Estate, London in 2017 by the textile/fiber artist Cos Ahmet. It proved so successful that a book has just been published by Forty Hall Estate and the Arts Council England in celebration. Cos gives an in-depth interview and shows a range of his work for the Points of Juncture exhibition in this Inspirational feature.     
Events: pages that are global in nature. All continents are covered, highlighting a range of art events and opportunities across the planet.
It’s a full and varied selection of contemporary talent for this issue of Inspirational. Please enjoy.

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Inspirational 18: Welcome to the 18th issue of Inspirational magazine. In this issue inspirational features interviews with three new artists, as well as one previous featured artist with new work, a collaborative artist article, a community article, and a book review.
Feature artist: Soek Zwamborn is a Dutch textile/fiber artist who embellishes, manipulates, constructs and deconstructs the essence of personal clothing. He will be talking to Inspirational, and showing a range of his innovative and inspirational work.
Feature artist: Hein Botha is a South African painter and illustrator with a passion for the myth, legend, and legacy of the San people of Southern Africa. He weaves their world view and their understanding into his work. He will be talking to Inspirational, and showing a range of his innovative and inspirational work.
Feature artist: Nigel Graham Cheney is a British textile/fiber artist that has worked in fields that span genres as seemingly far apart as fine art and fashion. He is an artist that has a passion for drawing and for stitch. He will be talking to Inspirational about the humble stitch and more, as well as showing a range of his innovative and inspirational work.
New work: Sue Hotchkis a British textile/fiber will be talking about her work since being originally featured in Inspirational back in January 2015. Sue has a passion for decay, deconstruction, a breaking down under the elements of nature. Her work is always a complex structure of relief and detail. She will be talking to Inspirational as well as showing a range of her innovative and inspirational work.
Collaboration: the artists Ziimina and Vytko Icaro are much better known under their collaborative name Ingress Vortices. Artist collaborations sometimes work, often they don't. However, when they do, they should be celebrated. The coming together of the artists that are Ingress Vortices is a phenomenal success and an inspiration to others. The two artists will be talking to Inspirational as well as showing a range of their innovative and inspirational work.
Community: The coordinator behind the community that is fibreQUARTERLY is the Canadian textile/fiber artist Joe Lewis. Broad-based art communities are becoming much more prevalent in the internet age, and Joe will be talking to Inspirational about a range of subjects connected to the usefulness and reasoning behind this phenomenon of contemporary online/offline art communities. 
Review: Textile Landscape by the British textile/fiber artist Cas Holmes is the book review for this issue Inspirational. Cas book will be coming out early in September on Batsford, and Inspirational has been lucky enough to get an advance copy to review.


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Inspirational 19: Welcome to the 19th issue of the arts magazine Inspirational. In this issue inspirational interviews four leading contemporary artists, as well as featuring another. We will also be talking to ArtSwarm, the experimental art TV channel, as well as the regular review.
Interview: Bianca Biji Hopper is a Romanian mixed media artist based in Brussels. She is a spontaneous artist, working with a creative freedom many would envy.
Interview: Willemien de Villiers is a South African textile artist and writer. Violence against women is a consistent theme in her work, and her protest through embroidery stand is a vital one.
Interview: Jim Arendt is an American textile artist who explores ordinary lives lived through the catalytic shifts and changes in the labour market. His portraits are telling, a window to the personal story, rather than the abstract economic.
Interview: Christine Mauersberger is an American textile artist who produces complex mark-making narratives, countless stitches that are maps of the mind.
Feature: Jaya Suberg is a German mixed media digital artist. Her work focuses around the beauty and tragedy of life, its inner and outer realms, its transience and its endurance.
Art TV: ArtSwarm is an experimental YouTube arts show created by artists for artists and more. It regularly features new videos, new music, new poetry, new art. It is a visual vehicle for the experimental and the new. Its founder the artist and writer Mark Sheeky talks to Inspirational about ArtSwarm.
Opinion: Mark Sheeky gives a fascinating in depth view of the state of the cultural world we live in, wrapped up as it is in social media, personal tastes, hates and likes, connection and division. It’s a world in flux. We are going somewhere, but where? Mark helps to explain all.
Review: Rosie James. The book review for this month’s Inspirational is Stitch Draw by Rosie James. Stitch Draw is a comprehensive guide to figurative stitching, giving techniques and tips regarding free style stitch.
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Inspirational 20: Welcome to the 20th issue of the arts magazine Inspirational. In this issue inspirational interviews five leading contemporary artists, as well as featuring another. We will also be talking to the Global Art Project, the international creative platform, as well as the regular review.
Interview: Cash Mattock. Digital collage artist, musician, writer, producer Cash Mattock produces a range of extraordinary hybrid images through the use of collage and photo montage. His work is both surreal and challenging, taking us through from dream to stark reality. Cash is interviewed and shows a new range of his extraordinary hybrid imagery.
Interview: Claire Louise Mather. Textile artist Claire Louise Mather is an artist that draws with stitch, draws confidently, empathically and with humour. Claire  is interviewed and shows a range of her work. 
Feature: Global Art Project. Global Art Project (GAP), is a truly international platform for creativity. A space for encouragement, collaboration, support, and understanding. Global Art Project, along with its founder and curator Carl Heyward, is talking to the Inspirational magazine. 
Interview: Emily Florish. The highly personal work of the artist Emily Florish, delves deep into her life. Her manipulated photography - both found and readymade, explore human relationships and the impact of those relationships. Emily is interviewed and shows a range of her innovative work. 
Feature: Carolina Antoniadis. Artist, writer, broadcaster, filmmaker Raquel Glusman has been commissioned to write an article for Inspirational magazine regarding the work of the contemporary Argentinian visual artist Carolina Antoniadis. Carolina's work is unique, complex, vibrant, involved - a beautiful panoply for the senses.
Interview: Michael Sylvan Robinson. Michael Sylvan Robinson is a textile artist, embellisher, embroiderer, visionary, and educator. His work in textiles is innovative, borderless, thoughtful and inspirational. Michael is interviewed and shows a range of his innovative work. 
Interview: Tanja Jeremić. The artist Tanja Jeremić creates work through collage and motion graphics. Her work is both personal and universal, a surreal glimpse of the larger cosmos. Tanja is interviewed and shows a range of her innovative work. 
Review: Lizzie Houghton. In Felting Fashion, the acclaimed feltmaker Lizzie Houghton presents practical ideas for creating beautiful clothes from felt, wearable textile art. Her book Felting Fashion is reviewed in full in this packed issue of  Inspirational. 
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