Monday 27 July 2015

Impressionists worked with paint & I work with faded and pre loved fabrics .....

Impressionism is the newspaper of the soul.

Henri Matisse

Impressionism is a 19th-century  art movement  that originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose independent exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s and 1880s. Impressionist painting characteristics include relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles.
The Impressionists faced harsh opposition from the conventional art community in France. The name of the style derives from the title of a Claude Monet  work, Impression, soleil levant (Impression Sunrise), which provoked the critic  Louis Leroy to coin the term in a satirical review published in the Parisian newspaper Le Charivari.

If you look (or in my case stare for ages) at a Claude Monet you can see everything clearly.  His interpretation of things was well before his era.  I love the fact that it is not clean lines but it is still all
there to look at.  His water lilies studies are so beautiful and remind me of a beautiful piece of faded and worn fabric.  The reason for this post is not because I dare to compare my works to the likes of Monet or Renoir but because I was asked why I liked to stitch with such whimsy!  There are lots of people out there who embroider and applique beautifully but it is so real you feel it will jump off the page and run into the garden or fly away ... I however love interpretation.

When I am doing a picture or sampler and cutting something from fabric say a cottage roof, we all know they do not have tiny roses over them but my work is an impression of something and not meant to be a perfect copy of something .... it is my signature if you will and somewhere inside me I am sure I have been influenced by the Impressionist movement because of my love of these paintings for me it is an expressive abstract!

A while ago now I did a picture of beach huts, I know lots of people have and still do, but my beach huts had ice -cream tops for roofs not the normal square kind but a wonderful whirl spiral top
instead.... my interpretation!  You could still see they were beach huts but through a person who sees the world through a different sieve than others.

I love what I do with beautiful fabrics and enjoy creating and being a little different.  There was a photo going around with some little girls all dressed in ballet clothes.  They were all stood in a row holding the bar facing front except one who was hanging up side down from the bar.  The caption ... Dare to be different! .. that was always me as a child and now as an adult.

Well I am now off to continue with my stitching and my designing, I hope you all have a wonderful day and of course Happy Stitching!

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