Saturday, June 30, 2018

“Cascading Acanthus”

My New Hand Dyed and 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
Acanthus Dream
 - My New Hand Printed Fabric Design


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

“Cascading Acanthus” - 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.

“Cascading Acanthus” - Concept and Processes
My new, contemporary fabric design collection, “Cascading Acanthus” is based on vintage engravings that incorporate the Acanthus leaf as an ornamental design. Inspired by olde world cascading flora and the rich and lavish use of deep saturated colors and metallic pigments used during the history of Acanthus leaf designs, I have translated these elements to create a modern, timeless and unique design aesthetic whilst retaining the decorative and ornamental integrity of an olde world design.

The “Cascading Acanthus” range comes in two color ways - one featuring rich sea green/blue hues, the second featuring rich deep blue/green hues.

As with all of my fabric designs, white fabrics, in this case cotton, were dyed and/or over dyed using time-honored hand dyeing techniques to add visual depth, pattern and contrast to the fabric background/s. Using time-honored hand printing processes the fabrics were then screen printed with linear images over the entire fabric lengths emphasizing movement and a ‘cascading’ deconstructed ‘lattice’ to the background. Using analogous colors, additional layers of Acanthus leaf engravings were overprinted in rich blue and gold metallic pigments in a floating pattern, giving the design the intended cascading aesthetic. The final layer consisted of a digitally reworked tattoo image in gold metallic pigment that referenced and complimented the flowing, ornate structure of the Acanthus design resulting in a complex, richly hued and multi layered surface design.

The fabric and patterning in the “Cascading Acanthus” range can be designed using variations of the above color ways and patterning techniques to create a truly unique and individual statement. “Cascading Acanthus” 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.


“Cascading Acanthus”

“Cascading Acanthus” is available in rich sea green/blue hues and rich deep blue/green hues (close view).
Technique and Material: Multi dyed and screen printed employing transparent and metallic pigments on cotton.
Size: 98 cm wide x 110 cm high (each).


“Cascading Acanthus” – rich sea green/blue hues.

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich sea green/blue hues (full view).

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich sea green/blue hues (close up view).

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich sea green/blue hues (detail view).


“Cascading Acanthus” – rich deep blue/green hues

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich deep blue/green hues (full view).

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich deep blue/green hues (close up view).

“Cascading Acanthus” in rich deep blue/green hues (detail view).

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