COLIN BRANDI firstname.lastname@example.org I made my first quilts in 1989 after a chance meeting with an American quilt artist. I left work in 1991 to follow my new passion and in 1998 I achieved a First Class Honours degree in Art and Design from UCE. After an extended break from my artistic practice I have recently begun to make quilts again which, after more than 15 years, is challenging. I resumed by returning to the point at which I stopped making in 2000 when texture had become an important element in my work. Moving forward I am seeking a ‘language’ for my current and future work which is process led while referencing the traditions of quilt making. I am also influenced by contemporary practice, the abstract art movement of the early 20th century and the ‘improvisational’ way in which some African American quilters have worked. The starting point for my work is either a single fabric or the combination of two or more, concentrating on surface texture and 'broken colour'. I use a wide range of textiles - new, recycled, found and donated but primarily natural fibres (some of which I dye myself). The quilts evolve and change as I work, they are abstract images/objects 'painted with cloth'. In the final processing I relinquish control and introduce serendipity, acceptance of change, transition and impermanence paying homage to the Japanese Wabi- Sabi philosophy. For me, each quilt ceases to be just image and becomes a three dimensional tactile ‘object’ with a life story. In my view quilts were once tactile objects which should be touched and I aim to restore that element to my work.
Two/2 A study in colour, texture and contrast using a wide variety of textiles. Machine stitched and processed after construction to distort the surface. Both the colours used and the choice of two distinct areas of contrasting colour have symbolic meaning. Since the interpretation of symbols is both cultural and individual it is for the viewer to interpret those meaning
Rapture lookbook. She is fearless & sophisticated. She dares to wear bold prints with bright hues of lemon, red & blue. She loves to be raptured by the beauty in everything she sees and wears her heart on her sleeve.
The stunning custom-made fireplace and over mantel create an elegant focal point in the living room and are flanked with a pair of matching white bookcases. Read more on page 80.
Inside the December issue, we have the latest from the world of interior design. John Demsey, the cosmetics kingpin, opens the doors to his debonair and exhuberant New York townhouse. Thomas Messel, a renowned furniture designer, has carefully adapted his quintessential English manor to accommodate his family and provide the perfect setting for his art and antiques. A derelict barn is turned into a beautiful £2m Swiss Chalet. A Virginia Design Project provides the perfect backdrop for vintage furnishings. A review of Tim Gosling’s brand new book, ‘Classic Contemporary, the DNA of furniture design’. Brent Cooper, from Simon Horn, gives advice on choosing a feature bed and Joanna Bibby, from Ochre, talks about the lure of leather. Also included is the brand new Ana Barreto catalogue, a company who has been creating exceptional furniture and interiors for over twenty years.
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Journey to an idealistic society, a city of incredible colors captured only in dreams, a place that is filled with vibrancy and ignites our deepest longings and hopes. Your imagination will be inspired as you travel through the enchanting trees and coves. The colors will pop off the fabric as it takes you to this magical land.
A colorful celebration of the 59 US National Parks, this collection of 177 original art quilts depicts the widely varying landscapes, flora,and fauna of the parks. Basic facts about each of these national treasures from Acadia in Maine, to Voyageurs in Minnesota, to Yosemite in California, to Haleakal in Hawaii are included, along with short writings from 64 park rangers and other personnel. The book reveals individual glimpses into the passionate commitment to preserve, protect, and enjoy these special places.