After another week of sickness (argh!), 52 Fridays is again being published on a not-Friday. As well, since I had less time to work on this collection, I sourced everything from Etsy. Usually, I work from a variety of resources.
Regardless of my “off week”, I found myself really responding to each of the artists I’m sharing with you. This isn’t always the case with Etsy, in my growing state-by-state experience. So yay for Maine Etsy artists! You’ve got some fine bodies of work. Thanks!…
Yellow House by Jennifer Judd-McGee - Northeast Harbor
Marsh Road by Mary Ann Cary - Cape Elizabeth
Little Sea Swimmer from Tuizui collection by Ann Jenkins - Bar Harbor
Custom Little City Kid Portrait by Melissa Crowe - Portland
Hobbit Hole Garden House by Wooden Wonders - Thorndike
Raku Red Crowned Crane and Moon by Rocky Mann - Bar Harbor
Customized Dog Clay Sculpture by Indigo Twin - small town
Hand Printed Wallpaper, Bird Design by Modern Bohemian - Portland
Seagull by Kathryn Robertson - Machias
Moon and Trees Batik by Suzanne Drown - South Portland
Today I’m going to acquaint you with my latest love, the Uzbek Suzani. These are traditional embroidered textiles from Uzbekistan, which are used functionally in the home as well as for special celebrations. The stylized designs often refer to literal objects, such as legumes, vines, and tea pots.
I love them for their vibrancy, forms and graphic nature. If you like them, you’ve GOT to check out Tribal Chase. As a matter of fact, if you like textiles at all you should check them out.
Uzbek Suzani Patterns
(sourcing: calico corners, tribal chase, uzbek textile)
Because I’ve not been able to stop thinking about these lovely fabrics, I felt I had to try to sketch and paint some approximations. I did these babies last week. They were really fun. It was nice to get lost in paint for a while…
Bluzani ii (side)
The design possibilities for suzani inspired art are just about endless. Really a fun project, and if you can draw a circle (or even if you can’t – mine are wobbly!) then you can work out a pattern.
I may have exorcised my Suzani obsession for the time being… but I’m thinking that Kilims would be great inspirations for a new project…
Lots of birds and color this week… it must be Spring!
Broken Wing by Donny Gallagher - Youngsville
Through the Streets by Terrance Osborne - New Orleans
Gunshot Landscape by Margaret Evangeline - New York (via Louisiana!)
Lories by Hunt Slonem - somewhere north of Baton Route/ St. Mary Parish/ Kingston, NY
Wildflower Road by Karen Mathison Schmidt - farm country, Northern Louisiana
Key to Your Heart by Kiki Huston - New Orleans
Vessel by Rashida Ferdinand - New Orleans
This You Must Know by Brad Benischek with Berman Black - New Orleans
Fox Mug by Barbara Donovan - Baton Rouge
You are Beautiful by Julia Eves - New Orleans