Where’s Your Inspiration?
Greetings Weaving Friends!
My friend posted a picture of her grandmother on Facebook. They are Diné (Navajo) and her grandmother is a master weaver. “Margaret Dalton, 91 years old born back in 1923, of Ft. Defiance, Arizona had completed this rug back in the 1950s in time for the opening of Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise in 1961. The rug pictured is actually folded over 4 times in order to hang properly on the wall. It is made of natural dye and woven in the form of a geometric design. The rug measures over 150 feet by 50 feet in width.” (see the source link above).
This reminded me of the art by French artist Victor Vasarely that was in my home in the ’70s, while I was growing up in New York.
Vasarely’s works were extraordinary for the time. He designed and painted them before computer graphics were available to generate these types of images. Like Mrs. Dalton’s rug, Vasarely’s work challenges me to push myself beyond what I think are my limits. As a homage to Victor Vasarely and inspired by both he and Mrs. Dalton, I am working on a geometric beaded loom design.
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