Nature and photography are inextricably linked. It’s thanks to the natural world that cameras stopped being seen as objects used purely for recording information and started to be recognised as tools for creating works of art.
We have previously looked at the history of textile art and how it’s always been crucial to how we view both the world and ourselves. Now we’re going to focus specifically on the textiles of the medieval period - how they helped tell stories to a largely illiterate population and how they were used to denote social status, as well as the techniques and materials involved in bringing these exquisite pieces to life.
Textile art is something particularly special. Textiles stand out from other art forms, such as painting, photography or sculpture, because they manage to walk that line between practicality and beauty. It’s perhaps for this reason that textile art so often finds itself on the cutting edge of human interaction, despite sometimes facing a degree of snobbery from elsewhere in the art world. From the use of clothing to denote social status to the way in which fabric, folklore and storytelling are so intrinsically linked, textiles and creativity have always gone hand in hand.
Nature, in some form or another, is a constant; something that we all come into contact with, no matter where we live. However, our perception of nature is a lot more complex, and nowhere is this more obvious than the way in which nature is represented in art. Art history provides a fascinating insight into
In less than ten years, photography celebrates its 200th birthday. For three-quarters of that time, photographers used analogue processes to creative their artworks. Read on to get a very potted history of the progression from the first completely manual camera with its 8 hour exposures, to today’s sub-second digital creations.