Thursday, 28 February 2019

Darulaman Palace Artistically Resurrected

by Allison Moorcroft




Thanks for the very inspirational graffiti artist Shamsia Hassani – she is so brave doing her art in that society and all over the world!

I started my piece by finding a dramatic and sombre – looking colour for the sky. The building was worked on a rust – dyed fabric with pens and brushes bringing the building to life. Quite accidently, by using lace overlay, the effect looked like peeling paintwork. Organza and oil pastels gave me the colours on the building. The graffiti was appliqued on lastly. The foreground was also the rust – dyed fabric with a little bit of embroidery here and there. After making borders with teabags and organza on canvas I changed my mind and used an upholstery fabric instead.

Since doing this piece I am looking at dilapidated buildings in Durban in a different light and photographing them to recreate in fabric. 

















9 comments:

  1. Wow, Alison, well done. Love the use of the various techniques & the net definitely adds to the paintwork. Your rust fabric has really been put to good use.

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  2. Another 'wow' here! Inspired use of materials and techniques - there is so much texture here. Super. Hilary

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  3. Fabulous combination of technique issues. I'm so pleased that you've found something that can be used at a more personal level.

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  4. Stunning Allison! Your painting is wonderful and you've captured the spirit of the piece beautifully. On a side note, since it was a problem for me - I like how you quilted the sky. I think that would have worked on my piece

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  5. Fantastic Alison! I love the ground, and you have really captured the essence of the building and the graffiti. A triumph!

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  6. This is so clever and I particularly like the rust effect in the foreground . Since graffiti art seems to now be "acceptable " we shall certainly look at buildings covered with graffiti in a different light .Perhaps this artist has helped too .

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  7. Allison, as someone who loves all the materials and techniques you have used in this quilt I am completely absorbed by what you have made. I have been looking really closely at it for about half an hour. Its brilliant.
    Great that you have found a hook into some potential news work too in Durban. Claire

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  8. Alison this is a wonderful piece of work and you have done yourself proud. Well done on all the techniques you have used and love the use of the rust-dyed fabric.

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  9. The rust fabric is perfect for the foreground and your interpretation of the building and graffiti works really well with the techniques that you have used.

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