My daughter and I ended up back in Italy as I wanted her to check out a course on printmaking at Il Bisonte in Florence. Unfortunately it is not within her means to do both the course and afford living there whilst doing the course- it was a nice dream- or maybe I might get lucky and sell some of my bigger works. However we enjoyed Florence and all it has to offer and we also spent a day in Siena , the city she was named after. The marble floor in the Duomo is always a marvel and the Quatrocento of Siennese painting in the Pinacoteca so worth a visit ( and with surprisingly few tourists for this magnificent period of Siennese art) The Met have an on-line catalogue available with some interesting essays noting the difference between the renaissance in Florence and Siena in case you are interested. I must admit it reignited my idea to do a book Musing in Textile:Italy on inspirations from Italy.
A shop window in Florence and a selfie of sorts.
I have been working on another Babbling Banksia quilt,
and I think this will be the last for awhile whilst I muse about Italy and the inspirations it offers, do some research and see how I can translate that into cloth and stitch- lace might make a reappearance in my work somehow and I am feeling very inspired by the ethereal faces of Sano di Pietro- and also the beautiful detail of the cloth in his paintings.
I also started a quilt with meytree linocut- and drove the sewing machine to distraction so I did not finish it prior to Quilts en Beaujolais unfortunately, but I will finish it now. I also have for sale the tree linocut which measures 50 cm and 40 cm and is double the size of the next nearest linocut I have made. It is printed on hand dyed cloth and costs 20€ plus 3€ postage ( a total of 23€). Email me if you are interested in purchasing the fabric print. The colours in the image are a guide only and as I will be dyeing more cloth next week I can print on any coloured cloth you might like. ( also have available prints of kings and queens of Chartres and the folkloric girl and the rabbit inspired by the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry)
And it is still possible to purchase my book Musing in Textile: France in Australia or here in Europe ( and anyone who might be interested in the US- shipping form Europe is much cheaper than shipping from Australia) Some sample chapters can be read here. The book also includes a dvd with explanations of how I use the techniques of dyeing cloth, making linocut prints, printing fabric, transfer printing and stitching ( lutradur), breakdown printing my way, freemotion stitching, hand stitching and a video demonstrating the techniques. The price of the book is $49.95 in Australia plus postage ( but postage to anywhere overseas is almost as expensive as the book- thank you Australia Post) and 45€ plus postage from France ( the price difference is due to the different taxes that have to be paid) but the postage is 8€ Anyway if you are interested in purchasing the book please email me.