The pomegranate motifs also has a many meaning in different cultures and appears in many Christian religious paintings.
Friday, March 30, 2012
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I would love to say this fellow was my own design - it is so lively and full of cheek. I am sure that he is singing as he does not look at all scary. I love the way the curved central line alters the face and how I view it.
I have been reading books on Oceanic and African art: this is a wooden mask from the Kwilu region in the Congo.
In particular I have been looking at carved , painted and woven patterns for inspiration and noting them in my journal. In my minds eye I can see stamped, appliquéd and embellished wall hangings. It is yet to happen of course but I am enjoying playtime in my head space.
Friday, March 23, 2012
This a close up of some decorative tiles on a house in Croydon NSW. There are a row of houses - each with a different set of tiles on them. They are a delight to see and I am so glad that just about all the owners refrained from painting over or removing them.
The likes of ceramics, tiles, jewellery and embellished textiles have been consigned to the field of decorative art. Wikipedia suggests that the terms decorative arts is traditionally a term for the design and manufacture of functional objects. It includes interior design, but not usually architecture. The decorative arts are often categorized in opposition to the "fine arts", namely, painting, drawing,photography, and large-scale sculpture, which generally have no function other than to be seen. Decorative arts, or furnishings, may be fixed (for example, wallpaper), or moveable (for example, carpets). Applied art includes the decorative arts but also graphic design and other categories, such as industrial design, which may overlap with decorative art. In general the term "decorative art" is not much used of contemporary work, which tends to be called design whereas in art history the terms minor arts or lesser arts have been used which explains the contempt often expressed by those focused on 'fine art'. Here is the link to Wiki to read more.
In my mind an artist created these little gems. I will post more photos over time.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
Had a busy weekend one way or another - I sat on the Embroiderers' Guild NSW information booth/stall on Saturday and had a good time gas bagging to one and all. I didn't take any stitching with me and ended up buying a jumbo crochet bag kit and started it (with a bit of help from Catherine - ta). It was a bit like wielding a crow bar - I am tempted to look about for a hook that is a better crafted - the one that came with the kit has no shape to it and the fabric strips were difficult ti ease off the hook as I tend to be a bit tight with my tension.\
And I have been drawing again and tried playing with a pattern from the pear I spoke of earlier in the week - I will keep at it - never know what might come up.
And of course I drew a bit more fruit ...
Friday, March 9, 2012
The shadow lines and patterns could be echoed very nicely in appliqué and stitch - I should try that too I guess :-) I haven't posted much embroidery of late but have been working on a number of pieces for an exhibition which opens at the end of the month. For more on this visit the MAPS link on the side bar.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
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