22/10/2009

Calligraphic Chairs



Sally and I are working towards Midcentury Modern, happening next month. Nearly completed a set of four c.1960s dining chairs, restored, reupholstered and hand embroidered by Sally from my drawings, shown below.



Interesting to anticipate the quality that will come with the handwork. We discussed CNC embroidery technologies, direct from the drawings. But too many memories of sample blouson jackets emblazoned with mind-melt-motifs coming in from the supplier in Sally's fashion days put pay to that. She is just beginning to use something of the shift and variety possible in hand-stitch and we are studying a growing shelf of reference books to understand and incorporate a wider scope of stitch. For me too, to anticipate types of stitch when drawing.



Here's the original drawings. They work aligned horizontally as a set, with motifs drifting from one chair into the next.







A funny amalgam of not-so-esoteric and long-loved and digested visual matter feeding the language used. The consistent is something of a space between images and words. That's why they're named Calligraphic.



So, some (only some) of the cues. Cornelius Cardew's scores...



...Unknown Pleasures...



...Pastoral Pylons...



...Striped Socks...



...and Miró's colourfield paintings, particularly Blue II (1961).



Also Catalan Lanscape (1923/4). His paintings of this nature really broke typography for me in college; the behaviour of the elements, their mutable character and line. Illusion and abstraction. All in one undersea-overland picture.

3 comments:

david john said...

me likey like!

Stephanie Kim said...

you should really look up the artist sangnam lee! i think youd enjoy it- this particular post reminded me of his work

Simon Memel said...

lovely