Friday, April 13, 2012

artistic inspirations (le professeur gothique's monthly homework assignment)

OK, *again* I'm doing a theme which I don't normally do ... but again this one struck me ;)



Le Professeur Gothique's theme is 'Artistic Inspirations'. Now, since I'm an artist I really should contribute, don't you think?

The obvious choice for me would be goth album covers, since they are often very beautiful and creative. But I'm not going to do the obvious ... I'm going to show you some fantastic textile art ;)

One of the big influences in me starting to design needlepoint was Kaffe Fassett - he is incredible ... since the 70s, he's been starting trends, then skipping off to do something new as soon as other people start copying him ;) He's still creating in his 70s (at the moment it's quilting).

Here are some needlepointed vegies:

I literally just received a DVD documentary about Swiss tapestry artist Silvia Heyden - she is so inspirational, still weaving commissions at the age of 85!

She doesn't think tapestry should be a static medium, but rather a flowing and tactile experience. Her work is done without designing the pattern first, but rather from listening to the medium and feeling her way through.

'Take Off':

Finnish tapestry artist Aino Kajaniemi's work is also incredible - she weaves on a very fine warp with linen, and likes to embroider over the top of her designs using unconventional materials. Her works are quirky, and look like drawings - but with added depth.

'Memoire':

Next I'm going to show you some work from Stephenie Collin from New Zealand - they have a dream-like quality to them which I am in awe of:

'Beyond Cropped':

'Daves Beyond The Wall':

Finally, I'm going to combine favourites ... Australian artist David Noonan has worked in conjunction with the Australian Tapestry Workshop to produce a couple of fantastic and haunting pieces - now THIS IS GOTH!!!


The second collaboration still on the loom:

I know I'm going to think of a million more artists as soon as I hit the 'publish post' button ... but these are a few in my head right at this minute ;)

18 comments:

  1. WOW. That first David Noonan piece is amazing. These are all so interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I just thought I'd post stuff that a lot of people haven't seen before! Most of David Noonan's work is screenprinted silk, and incredibly creepy and sinister - I love it!! ;)

      I actually saw that first Noonan tapestry in real life at the South Australian Art Gallery - oh my goodness, it's huge and incredibly detailed. I cannot imagine the incredible skill it must have taken to weave something so complex!! :O

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  2. you've been thinking again. a problem, 'cos it makes me think too. if I did more of it my weaving would probably improve!
    currently thinking (yes) about the 1st year colour sampler - which seems quite complex - or did you breeze through it all black and dreadlocky??

    hooroo

    misha

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    1. Misha, I haven't breezed through ANYTHING in this course, seriously!!! I call myself a 'struggling tapestry student' ;)

      My design skills are my strong point, but my technical skills are my weak point - everyone is different. My advice for this course is to exploit your strengths, and practice strengthening your weaknesses ;) I think your technical skills are very good for a student who has just started - if your design skills are as good, then YOU'RE the one who is going to breeze through!

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  3. Hi Michelle
    Like your interesting thoughts. As I frequently go to the Tapestry Workshop I have seen both David Noonan's tapestries grow. I really like the cross stitch cushion patterns. I had a look at his site; where do people get the time to do all their stuff? Do you know if the patterns for the vegie cushions are available from? How is the environmental design going?

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    1. Hi Glennis! Lucky you, being able to go to the Tapestry Workshop regularly - I've been once (just before I started the course!), and it was an amazing experience!

      I know there a lot of Kaffe's vegie patterns in his books - off the top of my head, 'Glorious Needlepoint' is awesome ...

      Re the environment design, I've completed the 4 drawings (a couple are a bit dodgy though, ha!), and have just started the sampler. Not sure that it's going too well ... I'm having a 'how much weft to use' crisis ;) And yours?

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    2. Hi Michelle
      I have just returned from 4 weeks going from Melb, Adelaide , the Ghan to Darwin then to Kununurra and return, so I have not had much time to do anything. I did a couple of drawings while away and have just done 2 more some which are also dodgy. As for the samples I haven't started and had to get an extension.
      Next week.

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    3. Wow, what a fantastic trip!!
      Good luck getting it done - I must confess, my heart's not in this one, cos I'm busting to start Assignment 3 (which I'm far more excited about!!).

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    4. Hi Michelle
      What size ae you making the samples?

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    5. Pretty small - 14cm across, and from memory about the same in length for each one. I figured since 4 drawings were included in this assignment, then the samplers didn't have to be as big as the last one ;)

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  4. WOW! Just WOW! These are beyond incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing work with us, and thank you for participating.

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    1. Thank *you* for the inspiration! Textile art is sometimes overlooked, we're the underdogs in the art world ;) I think that's the perverse reason I was drawn to painting with wool in the first place, heh heh :P

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  5. I've always loved tapestries. Something about the texture just lends a whole new tactile level to visual art. It's simply mind boggling how an artist can create a picture so intricate and/or realistic one row at a time... I imagine it must take true vision.

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    1. Yeah, tapestry is different from needlepoint in that you can only work from the bottom up ... you can't jump to another point in the design! It's also very difficult to learn - which is why the tapestries I've shown here are all the more incredible ;)

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  6. Sometimes I see pieces of art and think: I want to live in this artist imaginary world. David Noonan is one of these.

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    1. Haaha, that's an awesome way of putting it!! When we saw the original tapestry, my partner said the main figure reminded her of Sopor Aeternus ;)

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  7. been brooding over your great posts again. very inspiring to spend time looking. I've downloaded lotsa stuff from ATA, the British Guild and Gloria Ross and look at them a lot.

    Am going away for a while soon so am trying to get ahead with year 1 assignments - am well ahead of schedule and have started the Colour Sampler - will give it the detailed attention I should have given Assignment 2, the own-design small tapestry - I've posted that attempt on my blog. will shortly post a failed tapestry - I'll submit it as an xtra to get the critique, which I think is valuable.

    do please post yours as you go - encouraging to see what others are doing!!

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    1. You've done really well - the finished product looks great! Yes, I agree that the second one looks better than the first ;)

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