Sunday, June 22, 2014

Porte Royal Queen and the Medieval

Next weekend the Sentinelle project will be shown at Showcase in Melbourne at Jeff's Shed. I am looking forward to seeing them altogether again. Again those of you who are a part of the project I ask for a $20 ( or 15 Euros)per person contribution towards the cost of continuing to travel the exhibition- please email me and I will send you details of how you can do this.And thank you to those who already have contributed, it is much appreciated.

My friend Christine Moulin sent me this two page spread from the most recent Magic Patch which shows some of the Sentinelles and one of my Chartres Queens. I am thrilled that the Sentinelles are getting such coverage but there is nothing like experiencing them in the flesh!



You will see that the title of my blog post is Porte Royale Queen. And with that comes a launch really of what I am temporarily calling the Medieval Project. The feedback I have had from all those involved in the Sentinelle project has been so delightful and heart warming and then when I got asked what would the next project be that people can be involved with i was a bit flummoxed. So what to do? As my Sentinelle project involved not only the work of others but also my own work I had to think of a theme I wanted to work with for my own work as well as something which I could incorporate into printed panels.

After visiting the Cluny Museum and the lady and the Unicorn tapestries with Elizabeth Dubbelde and her husband( Berry Patchwork) I realised I had fallen in love with the imagery and the enigmatic symbolism of medieval times, and having studied history at university it allows both scope for creation and research. So my next project will be medieval in flavour. The first panels is one of the Queens  from the Porte Royale at Chartres Cathedral. She has the loveliest face and I wonder at her soft expression in stone ( it is almost Mona Lisa like that little curl/smile of the lips)- I also love the costume she is wearing.It is impossible to see her face straight on unless I hired a cherry picker and i am not sure what the cathedral authorities would think of that, though I would be willing to try it  for the cause of my art :-).

The intention is to make five panels inspired by Medieval times which will be officially launched at the Berry Patchwork Retreat at the end of August 2014 where the Sentinelles will also be shown. I will be there and then the intention is to exhibit the new Medieval panels in 2015( and hopefully more venues) You can off course buy the panels and not be a part of the project but I will call for participants later this year or early next year. By making five different panels but with a cohesive theme I am hoping to give more choice of course and there is nothing to stop you incorporating more than one panel should you be so inclined. I  also won't place restrictions on size however ask that you not create anything too big simply form a travelling logistics point of view.I will also be making a pdf workbook to which you can subscribe with research exercises, imagery and ideas if you like to get your teeth into something more.

Part of the reason  for being inspired by medieval times is of course the wonderful stitching that was done in those times and the sheer delight in decoration. So here is my interpretation of the Chartres Queen- I have tried to use colours from the period but then got a bit carried away. Anyway as I have realised with the sentinelle project there is all sorts of ways that you can let your imagination wander with these and mine is limited!


Below are some of the panels I have for sale. They have been hand printed from a linocut onto hand dyed cotton. The price of each panel is $15AUS plus postage ( which is usually around $3AUS per panel). I have more colours on hand and will be making more panels during the week and will have them available for Showcase in case you would prefer to see them in the flesh.
Email me if you would like to buy a panel or be involved with the project. I have not worked out the detail but  should you wish to exhibit there will be a $20 fee payable closer to exhibition time to cover travel and admin costs. I will work hard to make a new panel soon, just this week is fullon as I have to install the Sentinelles on Wednesday, CrossXPollination on Thursday and mind the Sentinelle exhibition Friday, Saturday and Sunday and do the demount.

2 comments:

friv 7 said...

What is happening and we can see the work as well as the value is confirmed.

Ji Yeon said...

Thanks for sharing, nice post!
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