Lucy Poskitt’s Textiles Walk the Line Between Traditional and Contemporary Art

Lucy Poskitt’s textile works aren’t kept enclosed in their domestic realm. The Canadian textile artist has exhibited her work around the world, as well as taught tapestry workshops across Canada to hundreds of students. Describing herself as a contemporary weaver, Poskitt walks the line between traditional image-based tapestry and yardage weaving.

Having studied within the Interdisciplinary Program of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and the New York Studio Program, she focused on several disciplines: weaving, art history, printmaking, and installation art – all which inform her tapestry work and teaching philosophy today.

Her work calls for a looser, more experimental approach, and she admits that she very rarely uses a sketchbook, preferring a more intuitive approach to art. “For prep work, I’ll often start with a simple image in my mind or a photograph which then leads me to a palette,” she explained in an interview with Textile Artist. “I’ll also do some random shape collages if I’m feeling very stuck for inspiration, basically just shuffling roughly cut scraps of colored paper around on a black background until I come up with a sequence that ‘works’.”

As for her inspiration, she is informed by her environment as well as the lore surrounding it. “I’m always inspired by my surrounding landscapes,” she relayed. “I feel very fortunate to have lived all across this huge country, literally from coast to coast and in between, and I still draw inspiration from my memories of these places.”

Take a look at some of her incredible works:

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