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Colour analysis of Manchu Robe

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Colour / Part one - Project 2

Just needed to see what my Pantone app would make of the beautiful robe from China as mentioned in the last blogpost. – Wild Orchid, 16-2120 TCX – Sweet Corn, 11-0106 TPG – Delphinium Blue, 16-4519 TPG – Desert Mist, 14-1127 TCX – Quail, 17-1505 TCX A triadic harmony between Wild Orchid, Delphinium Blue and Desert Mist? —– This scarf is also within this colour palette, sorry about the light; A slightly different composition in […]

Chinese notes – clues to the pillow

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Part one - Project 1

I have been looking for clues to the golden pillow, and so I got this book on loan from the library, It is the catalogue from an exibition in 1995 in Hong Kong with mainly silken textiles from the Ming and Qing dynasties in China. I was looking for dragons but found all kinds of beautiful stuff, colours, form and details instead. —- —- —- Lovely colours and forms, lots of inspiration and snapshots to […]

The golden silk pillow – a part of my story

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Part one - Project 1

I have absolutely no idea where the golden pillow comes from, and why it was one of the few items that I painstakingly have been taking care of for decades. Well, I know sort off why I have been moving it around for so long, sometimes pulling it out of its cover, carefully touching it lightly before returning it to its cover of darkness. It is one of the few things left over from my […]

Aprons – stories of the pocket

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Part one - Project 1

Aprons are a long time stable in the western civilisation – I think we all have seen a picture of an elderly woman in an apron, being busy in the kitchen. I read that a generation or two ago, it was customary to donne an apron when you turned fifty. Somehow both a useful accessory and also a sign of aging. I think that is rapidly changing. But aprons are also for men, the butcher […]

A rotten day – can nature help? – can inspiration?

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inspiration / Nature

These last November days have been rotten – rotten in numerous ways – no time, no space, no resources… For the first day in a while the sun was a little out yesterday so I went for a walk to get some air and some perspective on all the rotten stuff. The sky is all over the place on days like this. Makes the heart a little lighter, the perspective a little clearer; And provides […]

Pastel mark making

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Mark making in general

Life is a little too busy right now, so time to reflect and write about my three chosen textiles is a very slow process. So whatever energy is left late at night after a long working day is used for mark making and testing various media. I love pastels, especially soft pastels, love the intensity of pigment and the versatility, so here is few examples of mark making, both with inspiration from forms but also […]

An apron – one of the chosen textiles for Project 1

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Part one - Project 1

So another one of my chosen textiles is an apron. And not any apron – a Marimekko apron, a design Company known for its bold prints. Marimekko is founded in 1951 by a women, Armi Ratia, modern, chic and sophisticated design for women. Marimekko actually means “Mary-dress”. I bought the apron in Helsinki in the summer of 2011 while on a brief vacation. I have had various Marimekko items over the years, the bright colours […]

Quick visit to an Exhibition between meetings

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Exhibitions

I had a little time in Copenhagen yesterday between appointments so quickly visited a small gallery with an exhibition entitled “Wabi-Sabi!”, and as I both have a love of this concept and also get to work with it later in this course, I thought it would be a good thing to do. A very good friend of mine came along, and it was as always good to have someone to share the experience with. Well, […]

Mark-making inspired by shawl

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Part one - Project 2

A closer look at the shawl has inspired the following sketches; Materials used Japan paper in off-white, 60 x 42 cm Markers of various colours and sizes Hard pastels in various nuances of neutral Derwent Graphitint and water Thick cardboard Aim To get an initial feeling of the shawls texture and structure. Process A hard pastel sketch of a corner of the shawl – looked at the triangle shape and the tassels. I tried to […]