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 ****
Pure botanical inks, savory taste to the touch, a visual feast,
an intensely delicate yet stalwart mixture of elements to inspire your life.
Magnolia blossoms, a tracery of sunset gold lines,
flung across a cloudy vellum sheet or glowing pale marble silk.
Petals of gorgeous tinted colours ~ lapis lazuli, oyster, grey green and more.
Silk panels like a vintage painting unfurled in your atmosphere.
An experiential endeavor mixing poetry ~ eternal and ephemeral emotion ~ into a modern tapestry of sophisticated silk. Thus restoring the pure and versatile power of beauty.
Anciently a pound of raw silk commanded more than its weight in gold.
Sage kings recorded sacred texts on silk and rolls of silk were the luxury and lightweight way to correspond. One discovery is of a jade tablet of pure white, bearing an engraved inscription of 170 characters in the Li style for the Emperor's sacrifice to heaven.
Considered the most exquisite material for writing, some lengths were pre-marked with lines in vermilion and more were fashioned by weaving the lines into silk for writing.
Scholars arranged the oldest known literature formed this way, the Mawangdui Silk Texts into 28 books. The 120,000 words cover military strategy, mathematics, cartography and the 6 classical arts ~ ritual, music, archery, horsemanship, writing and arithmetic.
The three earliest maps in the world were drawn on silk over 2100 years ago
on the basis of field surveys.
For a millenium the right to wear silk was reserved for emperors and nobles, only those with abundant wealth were seen with a shimmering appearance, since silk's prism like shape structure refracts light from every angle. Today silk manufacture makes up around 4% of the fabrics currently produced continuing its reputation for rare luxury.
The earliest example of silk fabric, 3630 BC, found wrapping the body of a child.
A token memory of angelic ministry.
Today Juliet's vision is to restore the power of this extraordinary textile as the premier choice for a future of beauty, harmony, and the touch of heaven in our lives.
500 years ago Venice ruled the written world in the publishing realm, the Serene Republic printed the most luxurious, beautifully decorated, illuminated editions of the Renaissance.
1st Koran printed entirely in Arabic
1st travel history with maps
1st polyphonic sheet music editions
1st religious book in Greek
1st Greek and Latin classics printed
intense diversity in reading skills flourished here
education sparked a fire of modern thought
Bound by Venice