I have a million things to do this morning, but when I found these I just had to show you - oh how I love Pinterest!
The mission of this amazing French artist is to 'rescue the dying art of embroidery by giving it a contemporary twist'. Well it is fabulously twisted alright... She uses vintage tapestries (well they are needlepoint, but let's not get hung up on terminology here) to create these grand and exciting pieces. I have never been overly excited about 'tapestried' but this... this I find exciting.
I love this part of the philosophy behind Frederique's work -
"We create artefacts to re-enchant our world. We knit links where generational transmission was lost. We occasionally speak to animals in their own language. We like materials that tell stories of simple, ideal happiness, and that have been caressed by many hands."
Do you get excited when you see embroidery used in new and inventive ways? As you can probably tell, I do most definitely. I get excited about it being removed from the 'retired spinster' category (we of course know better, I am referring the common public opinion) and put into exciting new context. As Frederique says; "I like the idea of giving the past a second look".
I won't be stitching an enchanted forest today - but it would be nice...
Hope you have a lovely weekend,