Friday, 30 November 2018
I was in two minds about choosing Lurçat as I knew he wouldn't be everyone's cup of tea, but I am so glad I did because the quilts I've seen so far are excellent.The exhibitions that I saw in Aubenas which included his work, and the one at the Manufacture des Gobelins in Paris, really impressed me: the scale of the work just took my breath away and the colours just glow. If I had not seen them in real life, I do not think I would have liked his work so much. I did not have any idea what I would do when I chose this artist, although I knew what it was about his art that I wanted to work with. I wasn't inspired by any tapestry in particular. I particularly like the leaves in his designs and the way their light edges glow against a black or dark background. So I knew I wanted a black background, but it took me a while to work out how I would do the leaves. In the end I made several lino print blocks of leaves and printed them on a yellow hand dyed fabric. I cut these so that a yellow edge to the leaves was visible and appliquéd them.