|Petals, 27"w x 12"h, © 2018|
Art Nouveau. Not my favorite style of art. When I think of Art Nouveau I think of the paintings of pale slender mournful women by Dante Gabriel Rossetti or the intricately patterned wallpaper of William Morris or the elaborate stained glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany or the intensely detailed paintings of Gustav Klimt. I don't dislike them, but I am not drawn to them.
I know, there is more to the style than that. Much more. I do like the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, the paintings of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
So I decided to look into the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He was a Scottish architect, artist, and furniture designer. He also was known for his stained glass designs.
After a bit of research I found a stained glass panel that sparked a few ideas. I decided to recreate the stained glass rose in fabric, surrounded by golden yellows. It would give me a great chance to use some of the reds and golds I dyed last week.
The piece I found was a stained glass panel designed by Mackintosh and found in the House of an Art Lover in Bellahouston, Glasgow.
I started with a wedge of red, intending it to be the center of the rose. But after sewing thin pieces of black on three sides of the wedge, something started to stir in the back of my mind. I cut a few more red wedges and sewed black around them. Hmmmm. I was starting to get interested. I sewed another round of red and pink, and then another round of black. At some point I started pinning the little wedgy things on the design wall and playing with placement.
So I ended up with Petals, seen above. Doesn't scream Art Nouveau. I guess for me that's a good thing....