Saturday, June 23, 2018

“Acanthus Dream”

My New Hand Printed Fabric Design

ArtCloth


Marie-Therese Wisniowski

Preamble
On this blog spot there are posts that center on my “Wearable Art” (e.g. scarves, digital or analogue created fabric lengths etc.) For your convenience I have listed these posts below.

A Selection of My Scarves
Leaves Transformed: A New Collection of My Digitally Designed Fabrics
My New Silk Rayon Velvet Scarves@Purple Noon Art And Sculpture Gallery
My Fabric Lengths@QSDS
My Fabric Collection:"Oh, Oh Marilyn and Mona!"@Spoonflower
2013 Australian Craft Awards – Finalist
My Scarves@2014 Scarf Festival: "Urban Artscape" Pashminas
My New Scarves and Fabric Lengths
New Range of Silk Neckties - Karma and Akash
AIVA: My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design
New Colorways For My 'Cultural Graffiti' Fabrics
Byzantine Glow: A New Collection of My Digitally Designed Fabrics
Wall Flower: A New Collection of My Digitally Designed Fabrics
Ink Fern - A New Collection of My Digitally Designed Fabrics
Celebratory Fireworks
My New Silk ArtCloth Scarves
New ‘Unique State’ Silk ArtCloth Scarves
UBIRR
 - My New Hand Dyed & Printed Fabric Design
Renaissance Man - My New Hand Dyed & Printed Fabric Design
Banksia - My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design

Ginkgo Love - My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design

Garden Delights I & II
 - My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design
Wallflower III - 
My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design

Rainforest Beauty - Collection My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design

Spring & Autumn Flurry Collection
 - My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design

La Volute Collection - My New Hand Dyed and Hand Printed Fabric Design
Urban Butterfly
 - My New Hand Printed Fabric Design


The 'Acanthus Dream'
 range of fabric designs will be available at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from the 20th - 24th June.

If you like any of the images below, please email me at - Marie-Therese - to discuss further options.

“Acanthus Dream” - Introduction
Acanthus leaf designs have a long and illustrious history steeped with symbolism. The most common variety of this plant is the Acanthus spinous, and it has deeply cut leaves. Acanthus plants thrive in the Mediterranean region of the world. They are large leafy plants that are identifiable by the spiny, jagged leaves. Being perennial, they come back each year without the need for reseeding or replanting. Since the acanthus is so plentiful in the Mediterranean, it is easy to understand why the ancient Greeks and Romans utilized these leaf designs in their prestigious private and public buildings. Later, during the Renaissance, the use of these leaf designs featured not only on architectural creations, but also in artwork, textiles and furniture. The furnishings for France’s Louis XVI show this motif in their design. Acanthus plants symbolize healing, longevity and rebirth. Used to enhance funerary elements and structures, the leaves also symbolize immortality.

“Acanthus Dream” - Concept and Processes
My new, contemporary fabric design collection, “Acanthus Dream” is based on vintage engravings that incorporate the Acanthus leaf as an ornamental design. Rather than evoking a design aesthetic of a by gone era I have employed my signature silk screen printing techniques to create a contemporary fabric design - somewhat distressed and textured, the prints create a modern, timeless and unique design aesthetic whilst retaining the decorative and ornamental integrity of an olde world feature.

The “Acanthus Dream” range comes in two color ways - one featuring warm red-orange hues, the second featuring cool blue-green hues.

Using time-honored hand printing processes, white cotton fabrics were screen printed using my signature magnesium silicate-ombre printing technique to create distressed, textured background imagery. Screen printed images of Acanthus leaf engravings were overprinted in a non formal half drop repeat mode in white pigment over the entire fabric/s length. The final layer consisted of a digitally reworked tattoo image in black pigment that referenced and complimented the flowing, ornate structure of the Acanthus design resulting in a textural, richly hued and multi layered surface design.

The fabric and patterning in the “Acanthus Dream” range can be designed using variations of the above color ways and patterning techniques to create a truly unique and individual statement. “Acanthus Dream” fabric lengths and fat quarters can be used for wearable art, accessories, quilts, furnishing, as framed artworks and interior design projects. Please contact me to discuss further options.

The “Acanthus Dream” range of fabric designs will be available as fat quarters at the 2018 Sydney Craft & Quilt Fair at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, from the 20th – 24th June. Art Quill Studio can be found at stand number G29 where my unique and contemporary hand dyed, hand painted and hand printed ArtCloth fabric lengths, fat quarters, fabric samplers and scarves will be available as well as my one-off/limited edition digitally designed ArtCloth fabric lengths.


“Acanthus Dream”

“Acanthus Dream” is available in warm red-orange hues and cool blue-green hues (close view).
Technique and Material: The artist’s signature magnesium silicate-ombre screen printing technique, screen printed employing transparent and opaque pigments on cotton.
Size: 120 cm wide x 180 cm high.


“Acanthus Dream” - warm red-orange hues

“Acanthus Dream” in warm red-orange hues (full view).

“Acanthus Dream” in warm red-orange hues (close up view).

“Acanthus Dream” in warm red-orange hues (detail view).


“Acanthus Dream” - cool blue-green hues

“Acanthus Dream” in cool blue-green hues (full view).

“Acanthus Dream” in cool blue-green hues (close up view).

“Acanthus Dream” in cool blue-green hues (detail view).