Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Damascene tea Carrier


Thank you one and all for your thoughtful replies. As Kristin pointed out she did try to do the "forest" dyeing and it was difficult to replicate- from memory I did show people what I did in the class Kristin took- but a successful outcome is dependent on many factors and I don't get it right all the time either!

I also wish that you were the judges of my quilts LOL! The tree trunks weren't actually inspired by Durer- I have often in the past ,done tree trunks in this way- and I have a Demeter quilt in my lounge dating from 1995 where I did this type of thing- though I have gotten far more skillful over the last 12 years- and my machine is better as well.The kind of lines Durer does in his engravings is not possible with the machien- well it is it you want to go crazy cutting threads. I Have been working on a coloured ( another ) version of 72 Ways- because after I did the smaller coloured version for the book I decided it needed a full sized quilt as well.

I love this photos of a Damascene tea carrier- can you imagine that once upon a time there would have been many of these men floating around the city dispensing hot sweet minty tea for almost next to nothing? I wonder whether any young men will take on the job or these timeless treasures will disappear like so many other timeless treasures ?
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Mary Andrews said...

I have a similar picture from many years ago when I lived in Greece of a man who was selling sponges, gathered from the sea, walking the streets in Athens. He must have had 50 of them on his back and arms with one being on his head. I wonder if they still do that. Love the trees too, Dijanne.

JJ said...

Fascinating photo!

Monique said...

Long time ago, about 40 years, I took a similar photo in Morocco; I like so much all these jobs we can't even imagine in our industrial civilisations.

Monique said...

Coming back to another topic, I went to Le Louvre this afternoon, and I found "your" Madona! It is the right part of a retable painted by Colijn de Coter in Brussels, in about 1510, 1515, and called "The 3 Mary weeping"
Hope it can help.
I was fascinated by the colours of the dresses and the patterns on the fabric
So it isn't Italian but Flemish