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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About 10 years ago I spilled oil on my favorite pants. I embroidered flowers on them to cover up the stain and a new obsession was born. For a while I stitched everything that I could get my hands on, mainly clothing. This shirt was my most elaborate effort.
But gradually new obsessions took over (learning Spanish, baking bread, quilting) and my needle mostly lay still.
In December I saw an amazing show of embroidery at the Bellevue Art Museum.
The artist is Anna Torma. She was born in Hungary, but now lives in an old farm house in Canada. Here is a link to her website, and here is a video interview.
She uses time consuming and careful stitching to create wild, loose and free images.
Her work tells stories and the more closely you look the more you will see.She embroiders on huge pieces of fabric, but the scale of the embroidery is intimate. The backs and the fronts are beautiful in different ways.
Since seeing the show I have picked up my needle again. I also hope to pick up some of her freedom and willingness to experiment.