Fiber Art Inspired by Nature

From the super-realistic to the completely abstract, many artists take themes and motifs directly from the natural world. Nature’s forms, colors, and movements provide endless inspiration for artists working in a wide variety of mediums; here are three artist who work with fiber.

Artist Miho Fujita crochets delicate foliage, turning fiber art into wearable nature. Take a look at the rest of Miho’s work on her website. From intricate ferns to ephemeral seedpods, her art is is naturally wearable.


This short segment of PBS’s Craft in America features fiber artist Mary Merkel-Hess talking about her art, her process, and her deep love of the natural forms of the Midwest. Mary’s beautiful basket-form, harvest-inspired sculptures have been shown all over the world.

(If you have an hour to spend on something lovely, the entire episode, “Nature,” is well worth it too.)


And finally, here’s a bit of UK artist Heather Collins‘ work, celebrating the texture and color of tree bark, rock walls, and lichen-covered forest floors. She uses a combination of hand embroidery and machine stitching to create beautiful realism in textiles. Read more about her processĀ in her gallery statement.


It’s a good time to get out there and get inspired.

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