Film and fabrics:
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.
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.
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.
and a pop of red again in this one.