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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post the pictures on this blog. Thank you!
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When I was little my family had a big poster of Vanitas by Bjorn Wiinblad. The curls and swirls and panache of the drawing entered my bloodstream then.
In high school I lived in Scandinavia for a year and saw his work in Copenhagen.
Last month I renewed the acquaintance at the Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle. It was a small show, but choice.
It was fun from the minute you stepped over the checkered threshold.
Wiinblad worked in many media.
He made paintings,
The ink drawings are still my favorite work of his.
Lately I’ve been on a bit of an ink drawing splurge myself. I’ll be showing some of this work at i.e. gallery in Edison, WA next month. I hope you can stop by for the opening on Saturday December 2nd from 4-6 pm. The show will be up from December 2-24th.
You can sniff for echoes of Wiinblad in the ink.
In December of 2014 my husband and I went to Portugal and Spain. We saw tiles everywhere. The blue and white tiles are called Azulejos.
We saw tiles on walls.
and on the ground.
We saw tiles with animals and birds on them.
and tiles that were pure pattern.
When I came home I did some paintings that were inspired by the tiles and other things I saw on that trip. Many of those paintings were used to make a new line of fabric for In the Beginning Fabrics. The new line is called Azuli. The word sounds like Azulejos and the word azul which means blue in Spanish. It is fun to say, but doesn’t have a true meaning.
Here are some of the paintings that didn’t become fabric.
And here are some paintings that did become fabric!
This pomegranate pattern became an allover repeat (and I added a few seeds).
This allover pomegranate pattern was printed in a blue or burgundy color way.
Here are peacocks we saw in Portugal.
and fabric inspired by their feathers.
A rooster from the trip…
and a rooster that flew into the fabric line..
Azuli is available now at fabric stores such as Gathering Fabric in Woodinville, Washington, Pacific Fabrics or online at Winter Creek Cloth.
Putting together this blog post has made me remember the trip so clearly. I think I might need to go back and get inspired all over again.