This large piece of art work by Swiss artist, Lissy Funk, is stunning! You can see it at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Textile department through September 18. What makes its stunning is the size (I estimate it measures around 50″ x 50″). And here is the really amazing part: it is made with hand embroidery.
Created in 1977, Lizzy Funk used your standard embroidery stitches like the stem, satin, long/short, and buttonhole stitch. Then she threw in some French knots and couching for effect. Imagine the time and planning and just plain sitting around stitching for long lengths of time to create this huge embroidery. She invested so much into the making of this art work, I wish you could see it in person. It truly belongs in the Art Institute.
I am so fortunate to live near the Art Institute of Chicago. And it was during a recent trip to view newly acquired items for the Textile Department that I found this embroidery on display. The wall hanging by Constance and Maxwell Armfield was made in 1916. The English husband and wife team were influenced by the Arts and Crafts Movement and created this embroidery together during a visit to the United States.
It features the progress of two fashionable women through a forest while a goat tags along. Isn’t this a fun design? It’s so wonderful to think that you can make imagery of anything with needle and thread.
I’m happy to announce that this quilt, Young Forest, has been sold and is on it’s way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It joins a large collection of textile art that I hope to see there someday. Thank you for your support art collectors!
Do you ever give yourself a little art vacation? Recently, I saw an exhibit of Japanese fans prints at the Art Institute of Chicago. One of the motifs used in the fan designs was the moon. All it took was that break from the studio and viewing something new to get me excited about making this daily design. Give yourself a treat today. See art!
If you are in Peoria, IL check out the exhibit by the FAC, Fiber Arts Association, at the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center. It’s called Got Jazz and features lots of great art quilts by members of the FAC. The exhibit runs through September 23.
My entry, Blue Note, was an opportunity to do the old variation on a theme type of quilt. You pick out a motif (that pointy shape) and make it in various iterations. You get to play with color, shape, and line and make a quilt at the same time!