Last month I shared Deborah Mersky’s tex-tiles with you. Today I’m welcoming you into my house.
Joe and I have lived here for many years. Fabric is woven into our home and life. Each piece of cloth tells a story.
It reminds me of the place where it came from, and of particular meals or celebrations.
Some of the fabric on the windows and doors is from around the world.
I made some of the curtains.
The quilt is by Sarah Mary Taylor, a gift from Ella King Torrey. Our friend Kay gave us the indigo-resist Hungarian deer. The cat pillow is from my sister-in-law Julia. Sigrid upholstered the bird and cherry couch with fabric that Roberta found. Almost every piece of fabric reminds me of friends and family.
And then there are tablecloths!
And more tablecloths…
All of this fabric makes daily life richer, and it feeds my work. Here are a few new still life paintings.
I’d like to take a textile tour-de-friends. Please snap a picture of fabric from your home or life that means something to you and send it to me at email@example.com. I will post the pictures on this blog. Thank you!
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Sonia Delaunay painted rhythm and color. She painted across a century and across a continent.
A friend lent me the catalog from an exhibition about Delaunay at the Tate Museum. I am sharing pictures and information from that book with you here.
Delaunay was born in Ukraine in 1885. As a young girl she lived in St. Petersburg, Russia and summered in Finland.
She attended school in Karlsruhe, Germany. She moved to Paris in 1908 and spent most of her life there, with time in Portugal and Spain as well. She died in 1979. In her 20’s she started to paint exuberant rhythmic abstractions, and she continued to paint them for all of her life.
She also designed textiles, quilts, books, costumes for dance and murals. Delaunay’s ideas and images cross-pollinated in her work and in her life.
…translated into embroidery.
Poems became dresses.
A dress echoed a book cover.
Bold patterns adorned dresses,
Here is a self portrait from 1916. Her face slowly reveals itself in the wheels of color. Delaunay said that color is the skin of the world.
As I get older I am interested in and inspired by artists who keep creating. Sonia Delaunay painted throughout her long life. She grew and changed and worked across many media. You can see her singular style shining through the decades.
Thank you for your work, Sonia Delaunay.