With the resurgence of textile wall hangings making into everyday home decor stores I wanted to go and find a pioneer in this field. I found the amazing artist Sheila Hicks. You can’t really categorize her work into one box. She is a sculptor, installation artist, textile artist and tactile visionary. Her work has been featured in museums all over the world. Attending Yale art school in the 1950’s she studied under Josef Albers and was strongly influenced by textile artist Annie Albers. During a trip to South America early in career she discovered new weaving techniques and later began to create small intricate woven wall hangings on a loom she built herself. Her large scale installation peices in museums around the world have encompassed gardens at George Pomidou in Paris, the Palace of Versaiiles

Ellyn Murphy