You need to have JavaScript enabled to view this video clip.


Textile artist Maxine Bristow describes how she gets her inspiration from repeated pattern in everyday objects, and how she has to plan and get organised before embarking on a piece. She created 1,475 button holes for one piece and explains she had to make 88 buttonholes a day to meet her deadline. She talks about how she treats the fabric with Gesso, a PVA and chalk powder mix, to create a older, more lived in feeling.
This clip is from:
Contemporary Visions
First broadcast:
25 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

Could be used to introduce a discussion about the use of textiles in art. Students could be asked to look for repeated patterns in man-made objects. They could then draw and photograph them to gain first-hand evidence, before developing their ideas and experimenting with different textile techniques to create a mixed-media piece.

This clip also features in: