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Glimpses of Italy 2017

A few of the photographs I took during my recent trip to Italy, are glimpses of the beautiful landscape. Archways, windows, pillars, stones and trees frame vistas.

Sirmione, Italy – Garda Lake District

Sirmione, Italy

Lake Garda from the Grotto of Catullus, Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione, Italy

View from the battlements of Scaligero Castle, Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione, Italy

View through an olive tree on the grounds of the Grotto of Catullus

Venice, Italy – Rialto Bridge

Venice, Italy

Rialto Bridge through an archway, Venice, Italy

Treviso, Italy – Historic City Centre

The Sile River through an archway in Treviso, italy

The Sile River through an archway in Treviso, italy

Verona, Italy – Giusti Gardens

Verona, Italy

Entrance to the Giusti Gardens, Verona Italy

Verona, Italy

View through the central avenue of trees Giusti Gardens, Verona, Italy

Verona, Italy

View from the belvedere Giusti Gardens, Verona Italy

Verona, Italy

Cypress tree, Giusti Gardens, Verona, Italy

Atmosphere – Indigo dyed quilt

Earlier last year, I dyed some cotton fabric in indigo. The texture and the colour changed from pale blue to a deep indigo. I really liked the design of this piece and I wanted to keep it intact as much as possible. My inspiration to use this indigo fabric was a modern painting I saw in a decorating magazine. The artwork had three large bands of colour running horizontally with the colours blending together.

I pulled a deep indigo piece of fabric and a pure white cotton pique to use with the ombre. I took many photos while deciding on the proportions of the white pique. Some of the photos were taken in the evening as I was working to create this piece for a deadline.

My first attempts had the darker indigo on top. I tried many positions, folding, pinning and moving the white pique until I was certain of the final size.

During this process, I tried rotating the fabric so that the darkest indigo was on top, bottom and either side. Initially, I thought that having the piece run from dark at the top to light on the bottom worked the best.
You can see that I finally decided to orient the fabric so that the lightest colour is on top, moving down toward the darker.

Atmosphere
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
49 x 42 inches
hand dyed indigo, commercial fabric, thread
$1,200.00

I am happy with Atmosphere. It reminds me of water. For some, it reminds them of snow falling. What does it remind you of?

Aga Khan Museum

A friend and I visited the Aga Khan Museum this weekend. A very knowledgeable and enthusiastic docent began our visit with an introduction on the design of the building by architect: Fumihiko Maki. He was given the theme of light as his inspiration. An interior courtyard brings light into the center of the building and provides a lovely outdoor space in warm weather.

Leaf from a Qur'an Manuscript North Africa, 9th-10th centuries ink and gold on blue-dyed vellum

Leaf from a Qur’an Manuscript
North Africa, 9th-10th centuries
ink and gold on blue-dyed vellum

Artifacts that are centuries old have colours, textures and designs that seem modern and timeless.

Oculus Syria, Late 12th-early 13th century Fritware, molded and glazed

Oculus
Syria, Late 12th-early 13th century
Fritware, molded and glazed

The museum’s collection of pottery, glass, metalwork, and calligraphy is a source of inspiration.

Bottle Probably Iran, 9th-10th centuries Glass, wheel-cut

Bottle
Probably Iran, 9th-10th centuries
Glass, wheel-cut

The mosaic tiles in the fountain can be translated directly into quilt blocks.

Fountain Syria, 16th century and later Marble and sandstone mosaic

Fountain
Syria, 16th century and later
Marble and sandstone mosaic

Turquoise, blue, and gold colours found in the pottery, are some of my favourites and I imagine them in a project.

Muqarnas (Squinch) Elements probably Samarquand, Uzbekistan, late 14th-early 15th centuries Fritware, carved and glazed

Muqarnas (Squinch) Elements
probably Samarquand, Uzbekistan, late 14th-early 15th centuries
Fritware, carved and glazed

Muqarnas (Squinch) Elements probably Samarquand, Uzbekistan, late 14th-early 15th centuries Fritware, carved and glazed

Muqarnas (Squinch) Elements – detail

More designs that can be directly translated into quilt blocks. Also Ideas for arranging the blocks in various configurations.

Box Spain 16th century Wood inlaid with bone, wood and mother-of-pearl

Chest
Spain 16th century
Wood inlaid with bone, wood and mother-of-pearl

Candlestick Anatolia, Turkey, 14th century' Copper, tin, and zinc alloy, inlaid with silver and gold

Candlestick
Anatolia, Turkey, 14th century’
Copper, tin, and zinc alloy, inlaid with silver and gold

The circular design in the candlestick above reminds me of the New York Beauty block. I can imagine this block on a solid background and heavily quilted with angular lines like in the background above.

Bowl Nishapur, Iran, 10th century Earthenware, slip-painted and glazed

Bowl
Nishapur, Iran, 10th century
Earthenware, slip-painted and glazed

Two dishes in the collection look very modern. I loved the simplicity and elegance of the designs. More information for both of these pieces and many others are available on the museum website in the Collection Highlights tab.

Bowl Nishapur, Iran, early 11th century Earthenware, slip-painted and glazed

Bowl
Nishapur, Iran, early 11th century
Earthenware, slip-painted and glazed

Flying Carpet, 2007 by Farhad Moshiri b. 1963, lives and works in Tehran and Paris 32 stacked macine-made carpets

Flying Carpet, 2007 by
Farhad Moshiri
b. 1963, lives and works in Tehran and Paris
32 stacked macine-made carpets

Although the Aga Khan Museum features historical cultural artifacts from Islamic civilizations, it also features contemporary artwork. The piece above: Flying Carpet by Farhad Moshiri is a stack of 32 machine-made carpets that has a fighter plane cut out of the centre. The artist, Moshiri, was inspired by a documentary on Afghan carpet weavers. They had been incorporating modern technologies into the design of the carpets – planes, drones and other military armaments.

Flying Carpet, 2007 by Farhad Moshiri b. 1963, lives and works inTehran and Paris 32 stacked macine-made carpets

Flying Carpet – overhead view by Farhad Moshiri

Another special exhibit on display until March 26, 2017 is Syria: A Living History. This exhibit contains historical artifacts and contemporary artwork illustrating the diverse culture and history of Syria. Unfortunately, photography was not allowed in this exhibit, so you will have to visit the museum to see the collections in person. The grounds around the museum are also worth visiting – I will need to return in the spring when the weather is a bit warmer!

Collen Heslin: Needles and Pins Exhibit

I was so happy to be able to visit Colleen Heslin’s exhibit: Needles and PIns at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. The show is on until January 8, 2017 (Galleries 4-5).

Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Chain of Command by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Fermi Problems by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin

New Age Mystic by Waterfall by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton

Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Counterpose by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton

Counterpose (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Havana Affair by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Havana Affair (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2015, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Linen

Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Monochrome by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas

Log Cabin by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas

Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton

Yea Yea by Colleen Heslin 2015, Dye on Cotton

Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Outerlimits by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen

Runaway by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas and Linen

Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas

Well of Exaggeration by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Cotton and Canvas

No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas

No Vacancy by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Canvas

Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas

Undulating Waves by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas

Undulating Waves (detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas

Undulating Waves (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Ink and Dye on Canvas

Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Seafoam by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

Seafoam (Detail) by Colleen Heslin 2016, Dye on Linen

I encourage you to see Heslin’s show in person. the colours, textures and size of the pieces are best viewed in person. You will be able to see the subtlety of each piece.

To see more of Colleen Heslin’s work, visit her website.

 

Indigo Bursts: textile paintings

Indigo dipped cotton, linen and white pique are combined to create four individual pieces of textile art. Machine quilting adds beautiful texture.

Indigo Bursts by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst: tetraptych
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches each
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas

Each textile painting is wrapped over a 6″ square gallery canvas.

Indigo Burst 1 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 1
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 2 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 2
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 3 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 3
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

Indigo Burst 4 by Doris Lovadina-Lee

Indigo Burst 4
2016 ©Doris Lovadina-Lee
6 x 6 inches
fabric, thread, dye on stretched canvas
$75.00

These textile paintings can be displayed individually or grouped in twos or fours to create a diptych or a tetraptych.

If you are interested in having unique artwork to display in your home, contact me, I am happy to ship directly to you.

How would you choose to display these Indigo Bursts?

Pages from Life’s Journey: works in a series

I was very taken by the works of Toronto artist: Sung Ja Kim Chisholm. Pages from Life’s Journey were on display at the World of Threads Exhibit.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 1 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

These pieces are made with white fabric and plaster.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 2 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a simplicity that I find appealing.

Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

The absence of colour makes me want to get close to examine the nuances of each piece.

Detail from Pages from Life's Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

Detail from Pages from Life’s Journey, Series 3 by Sung Ja Kim Chisholm, Toronto, Canada

There is a similarity between each one, yet each series evokes a very different feeling.

What would the pages from your life look like?

 

 

More from World of Threads 2016

I took a few more photographs at the World of Threads Festival that closed this past weekend. This was my first time attending and I was awed by the talent, imagination and whimsy of the artists. Enjoy a small selection of the beautiful pieces at the show.

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Detail from Laundry is for the Birds by Pamela Allen

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Detail from Terry by Marie Bergstedt

Social Community1, 2 and 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Social Community by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Detail of Social Community 4 by Mirjam Pet-Jacobs

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Nine Tales by Joyce Watkins King

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #9 by Gerri Spilka

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Corridor Gallery featuring Gerri Spilka of Philadelphia, Pennsylania

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Interactions #26 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Detail from Interactions #11 by Gerri Spilka

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Display by Neha Puri Dhir from Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail of Ripplet by Neha Puri Dhir

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Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Intersect by Neha Puri Dhir

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Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Detail from Fragment by Neha Puri Dhir

Wishing you all a creative week!