It`s been almost 3 months since we have been back in France and, as is very typical of life in general, the time disappears very quickly. Although I have not had much "quality" stitching time, my mind is never far from the subject. As we travel around the area, my camera is always poised and ready to capture new ideas and inspiration, old ideas and inspiration, and of course, objects of beauty that are always inspirational.
Below are some examples of how I use these influences in my work.
|In my sanglier quilt (see my post from Aug. 25, 2011), acanthus scrolls became a major design feature of the quilt.|
|An example of how these colours have influenced my choices.|
|The stone-grey ruins of this early medieval mountain top village, at les Baux-de- Provence, high in the Alpilles mountains, is a very typical example of the colours found throughout the countryside of Languedoc and Provence.|
|The stone-grey linen of this apron reminds me of these shades of grey.|
|Hand monogrammed apron made from linen and cottons.|
|Here brown and off-white toile de jouy are paired with natural linen. The little stripe of red was added in homage to the red tiled roofs.|
|The Jardin des Plantes in Montpellier, founded in 1593, is the oldest botanical garden in France. My collection of photographs of this garden are a constant resource for me when looking for images of foliage.|
|The golden-yellow and white awning on our balcony provides not only shade, but also a bold burst of colour every afternoon. Against the intense blue sky, the colours appear all the more brilliant.|
|These golden yellow and white placemats with the olive branch are hand appliqued and machine quilted. They are a homage to the warm, golden sunlight that brings so much intensity to the natural colours of the southern regions of France.|
|What a pretty calico this variety of flowers makes, at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris.|
|The "Espace Van Gogh" in Arles is the hospital where the artist spent time from December 1888 to January 1889.|
|These table runners share a similar colour palette to that of the gardens.|
|Here at the medieval gothic chapel of Sainte Chapelle in the heart of Paris, the floor tiles immediately caught my attention. Floor tiles can provide an excellent resource of images of the symbols and motifs associated with a region.|
|These free motion machine embroidered napkins were inspired by scroll work.|
|One of the many wrought iron balcony railings in Montpellier that seem to have been designed for free-motion quilting. (How very thoughtful of the designers!)|
|This 13th century rose window in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is a "mosaic stained glass window quilt" waiting in the wings to be constructed.|
|The rose window of another cathedral in Paris is a perfect design for boutis. Some day! Possibly soon? Hopefully soon!|
During the last 8 years, my resource file of ideas and inspiration has grown almost daily. Although I will only use a fraction of the images I have collected, they all have a general influence in what I do, so I will keep my camera poised and ready whenever possible.