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Round Up: Best Wall Hangings

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I studied textiles in college and it's left a long lasting appreciation for any soft surfaces including clothing, kitchen linens, bedding and rugs. However the creme dela creme of textiles in our every day lives are wall hangings. I look at these pieces and see the history that led to their design and appreciate that we value textiles as highly as any other art form (which historically isn't true) by displaying them on the wall. I've rounded up my favorite pieces and artist that I've discovered over the years. 


This wall hanging that was shown in a recent Apartment Therapy House Tour is made by an artist in Chile (other work sold here).  I'm not sure if this artist has seen Sheila Hicks'  (the grandmother of fiber art) work but these pieces look to be drawing inspiration from her wrapping work. I appreciate the texture and colors and simplicity of the display. I would love to create a DIY piece that is inspired by this work.


I discovered this artist through Instagram, her beautiful tapestries always make me stop scrolling and just sigh. Her Etsy shop is filled with mostly once of a kind pieces and I've read articles where she talks about how many customer's write to her and tell her they save up money for months to buy her work. I hope to one day own a piece by her, they're truely inspiring and unique. 


Herron is a weaving studio based out of Chicago. I also follow the studio on Instagram and have become obsessed with her focus on historical textiles and learning of new textile techniques. She creates a lot of rugs and throws but I think they can be just as easily wall pieces. 


I love creating and looking at embroidery but it's so accessible it's hard to find your own hand with it. Maricor/Maricar has done exactly that, her text pieces are always beautiful but with a side of humor. She also does reversible embroideries which I've never seen before. I've drawn a lot of inspiration from her.  


Lastly another weaver I follow on Instagram, Maryanne Moodie. She does a lot of workshops and sells some how to book and materials. However she also creates some beautiful, simple tapestries. I find them to be unassuming and smart with what colors are used, like the piece above.