Friday, August 24, 2012

Reading: Overdressed...

I have just finished reading "Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion" by Elizabeth L. Cline.

It was an interesting read, yet it had some faults.  Bloomberg Business Week reviewed the book which you can read over here.

The book explores the changes in the way we shop and what we consume in ways of fashion.  Since I completed my Masters in 2003/4 which looked at shopping theory, I too can see the changes as well in less than 10 years.

People don't seem to care where the product is coming from, rather that they have it.  I have been shocked by the lines of people queuing to shop in new 'super stores' such as ZARA and TOPSHOP which have recently launched in Australia.  I keep wondering why?  Why are people waiting many hours to purchase a top that so many others all over the world own?  It's still a reasonably cheaply made product.

If you get a chance, this book is a fascinating read and may change how you think about your purchases.

Monday, August 20, 2012

What I've been working on...

And this one too! #tapestry
Question Mark collage by Mardi Nowak.

I've been working on some quick and small collages to weave for an upcoming project.  Here is a peek at what I've been working on.  They are super fun to do!

Bobbin perpetration #tapestry
Getting bobbins ready.

The pink and red combination remind me of my love of Marimekko's pink and red patterned combos!  I enjoyed playing with this in the little tapestry with half passing and all those tricky tapestry things!

Pocket tapestry
Tapestry by Mardi Nowak.

And here is the tiny tapestry completed!  All in one sitting!  I love when that happens!  Stay tuned for what these will become...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Sometimes, things just work when you are weaving...

She's coming along this morning...
Tapestry in progress.

There are moments when you are working on a piece that you just feel like it all comes together. Yesterday was one of those days. The mixes were feeling right and everything was just snapping along really well.

Tapestry cartoon... This should be a fun one!
Inspiration for the cartoon.
I'm still working on my series of works inspired by music film clips and I am loving working on this particular image of Roisin Murphy. The grainy filter on the actual film clip has just lent itself to working in beautiful muted tones and I've been able to let the medium (the combination of cottons and wools etc) do the talking.

Tapestry cartoon preparation
detail of the cartoon with mark up lines.
I'm feeling so pleased with how this work is going along that I am tempted to try and work it up in a larger work as well. However that may come along much later seeing I feel like I'm on some tough deadlines to get these works completed!

Crazy close up weave
Up close and personal with the weaving!
 Yes, I do have a solo exhibition coming up in January 2013, which really isn't that far away! Eek!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Tapestry inspiration: Mathieu Mategot

I stumbled across some tapestries designed by Mathieu Mategot and wanted to find out a little bit more about him.  There was something about the work that just appealed to me, it has a particular aesthetic.  He was predominately a designer and created some beautiful objects including bar trolleys and tables. It makes me long for a return to the time when design included tapestry as well and was all included in very fashionable houses.

Artist: Mathieu Mategot
Title: : "Bali" tapestry
Manufacturer: Aubusson
Circa: designed circa 1962
Signature: Signed lower left with label verso
Measurements: 70" x 60"
Edition: #1 of 6

Designer (1910-2001) - Hungary

After his studies at the school of fine arts and architecture in Budapest, he began to create sets for the National Theater. He settled in France in 1931, where he took up various professions, creating sets for the Folies Bergères, window dresser for the Lafayette Galleries, fashion designer for dressmaking firms in Paris.

At the end of the 1930's, painting that he had continued doing, led him to a new world: tapestry work. The second world war interrupted his activity. A volunteer in french army, he was taken prisoner and he was free in 1944. After his return, he set up a workshop for handcrafted furniture in Paris. He used materials such as metal, rattan, glass, Formica, and perforated sheet metal in particular, to design chairs, armchairs, tables, serving tables, sideboards, desks and useful articles.

Mathieu Mategot in a fantastic thinking artist pose!

His activity as designer spanned a relativity short period, up to the beginning of the 1950's. During this period, he created the three-legged chair "nagasaki" (1954) and the "copacabana" armchair (1955/1956) that are today part of the design collection at the Museum of Decoratives Arts in Paris and the design collection at the Georges Pompidou Centre, National Museum of Modern Art, Industrial centre, Beaubourg, Paris. The Matégot's stand is present at all great events like "Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, SAD, Paris, or "Salon des Arts Ménagers", Paris. He was with Prouvé, Perriand, Royère, Adnet and the ceramist Georges Jouve in development of various projects, one of the most renowned french designer of this time.

In early 60's, he deliberately stopped this activity to devote himself to tapestry work. His first cartoons were woven in Aubusson, France, in 1945. He worked with Jean Lurçat, Marcel Grommaire, Mario Prassinos and many others to modernize contemporary french tapestry.

Mathieu Matégot died in february 2001 at Angers, France. (from the La Galerie Nationale Website)
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