During our last trade eight of us participated by creating fabric postcards inspired by Vincent van Gogh. Each of us now have a fabulous collection of eight pieces of fabric art inspired by a master painter. Here are four of them.
Meta Heemskerk of the Netherlands created two thermofax screens, one from a Dutch postage stamp and a second screen using Dutch words that she associates with van Gogh. She used the screens to print fabric which she then stitched.
Sarah Ann Smith of Maine was inspired by Willows at Sunset. For her, van Gogh is all about color, spontaneity and line. In the fall of 1888 he completed the painting and wrote to his brother
My dear Theo, . . . Everywhere and all over the vault of heaven is a marvelous blue and the sun sheds a radiance of pale sulphur, and it is soft and lovely as the combination of heavenly blues and yellows in a Van der Meer of Delft. I cannot paint it as beautifully as that, but it absorbs me so much that I let myself go.
Suzanna Bond of California painted an old linen tablecloth using acrylic paints. She then cut it up, stitched it and mailed what she called “A Piece of Art.” Here is the full painting before cutting
and here is the piece of art I received
Even here you can see the thick strokes of paint she applied. And here is a photo of the group.
Franki Kohler of California also created a single piece that was cut into nine postcards. Her inspiration came from Starry Night. Here is the postcard she kept for herself. See the whole creation here.
This poem appeared on May 14th as the daily reading on the Writer’s Almanac.
On Mondays when the museums are closed
and a handful of guards
look the other way
or read their newspapers
all of the figures
step out of golden frames
to stroll the quiet halls
or visit among old friends.
Picasso’s twisted ladies
to trade secrets
with the languid odalisques of Matisse
while sturdy Rembrandt men
shake the dust
from their velvet tams
and talk shop.
Voluptuous Renoir women
take their rosy children by the hand
to the water fountains
where they gossip
while eating Cezanne’s luscious red apples.
Even Van Gogh
in his tattered yellow straw hat
seems almost happy
on Mondays when the museums are closed.
Watch for the other four postcards next week.