There's a fascinating article on Biophilia, Nature and Decoration over at The Textile Blog. If you're not familiar with this great site, I recommend a browse through the depths of their archives on design and textiles. Mostly of a historical bent, and full of detailed images, each article comes with a selection of book titles for further research. The postings also can be listened to, although the "narrator" is computer generated and lacking the warmth of voice the articles deserve. Links to videos, e-books and contemporary artists are included as well.
I'm an artist who has been making stuff for 30 years. I used to spin, knit, weave, quilt, design, write, embroider and garden, and I still do most of these things, but for the last few years I have been focused on stitching images from Canada's first natural history, the Codex Canadensis.
I try to live a life of minimal consumption and maximum creation. More and more, I see how these are connected.