This week I watched Vittorio de Sica's film "Ieri, Oggi, Domani" , a trilogy of short films within a film starring Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni. I was struck by the colors, patterns, and textures in the clothing, architecture, props-- everything so beautifully thought out.
It's a comprehensive approach that brought to mind the diverse group of fabrics in my collection, which span a wide range of time periods, various family members' personal tastes, functions etc.-- interesting to think of each group of fabrics as a scene, a place, an event. Some of the fabrics in the collection, such as the green and gray windowpane plaid shirt-- a rag which I recovered from my dad's work shed-- are from around the same time period as the movie, mid-sixties.
I love so many of these shots!
Love the Lipton boxes and other products, the pop of turquoise in the doorway.
Note the occurrence of blue in this series of market scenes.
.. and the geometric patterned dress that strolls through.
LOVE this one-- the linear structure and use of shadow to reinforce it, the texture of the wall at the back, the pop of orange amid grays and beiges.
I was reminded of this painting by Nicolas de Stael . The monochrome image above emphasizes the lines and spatial composition. Below is the original painting with all of its glorious colors.
back to the film....
Is that a pile of giant lemons?
You can't miss the yellow in these frames.
So small that red license plate, but what an impact.
and a pop of red again in this one.
Crazy colored cabinets! Note the blood-red pot with the turquoise bowl back left.
Pillow made from 1960's? cotton corduroy pants that belonged to my brother-in-law's grandfather, 1920's (or earlier) wool tapestry , 1960's cotton curtain fabric, assorted silk, linen, and cotton scraps, a vintage tape measure, and catfish line (a nod to the time his grandfather spent in the Louisiana bayous.)
interior of pillow front showing applique stitching on old sheet, and white cotton pants pockets at bottom
.. plaid lining of the pillow back... I resorted to hand-stitching in places at the side seams where my machine couldn't sew over the thick pocket-seams in the pants. One aspect of working with a garment-- something I've been wanting to try-- is working around bulky seams. Using the pants was an opportunity for me to do that and to make something for my brother-in-law and sister that has personal meaning, but the process was cumbersome, so I think I'll call this experiment a one-off.
The corduroys were one among several "no-label" pairs of pants, including these chinos, which appear to be professionally made. The quality of construction details, while beyond amateur sewing, is nowhere near the finish level of fine tailoring. A guess is that his grandfather regularly ordered up sturdy and serviceable pants from his tailor and said "make it fast".
The Peruvian artistJorge Eielsonwho made art with old clothes-- this is Camicia 1964-- came to mind.
Also the Gee's Bend work-clothes quilts, like this one by Lutisha PettwayThe dark spots indicate pockets that were removed prior to sewing, possibly to avoid sewing over bulky seams?
An exploration of the process of creativity, and the ideas and images that inspire my work. Most recently, I've been making textiles, pillows, and art using vintage fabrics from a collection saved by four generations of women in my family.