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.
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.
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:
'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 ;)