An Italian Renaissance Ligozzi illustration, pure botanically printed silk scarf,
and pale quartz necklace on hand-coloured silk.
The composition, precision and polishing of stone artwork coupled with the intricate delicacy of the butterfly floral design in ethereal onyx looks beautiful only after hours of intense work. In Florence I stood in a pietre dure atelier looking at their arduous technique for cutting and polishing and the sketches for such designs. The rewards of the law of the harvest are truly only known to those who work in the field so to speak, taking the consistent daily actions which shine after seasons of focused commitment.
My burnt sienna silk velvet impressed with a French garden arabesque silkscreen
retains an aura of warmth and metallic glow ~ a decorative nod to the great formal gardens of the 17th century ~ a trio of inspirational links between embroidery,
gardens and illustrations. All forms of endeavor requiring years of training and thoughtful action to show their best results.
'He who would do some great things in this short life must apply himself to work
with such a concentration of force as, to idle spectators who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.' ~ Francis Parkman
Inventive, artistic calligraphy and decorative elements with metallic paint and movement
capture my design eye right now. I can see my large marble stone silk scroll
layered with a poetic silkscreen motif like this one gracing a grand room.
I am in love with silk, colour, light, decorative elements and the energy of creation!
**** Honoured to be chosen as a Showcase presenter for
Costume Colloquium VI ~ Fashion in Textiles, Creativity in Context
Florence, Italy 14-18 November 2018 ****