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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.07.2011

Field Trips: From Foxglove Antiques to 50 Rock

  [Unless otherwise noted, all photo credits: Courtney Barnes]

For years I've written about Louisiana-based textile collector and designer, Rebecca Vizard, but today I finally had an opportunity to see a bounty of her pillows all in one place at Foxglove Antiques in Atlanta.

 

Rebecca just opened her own booth here, and the shelves and antique French settees are overflowing with pillows made from fragments of antique priests' robes, embroidered Turkish caftans, hand-printed Fortuny, suzanis, and other remnants.

It's not uncommon for the textiles she uses to date to the 17th century, so the craftsmanship is a breathtaking thing to view up close and in person. Rebecca pointed out to me that many of the pieces she finds at auction or at European flea markets were originally stitched by nuns. A former art major with a wonderful eye for color and scale, Rebecca will often take a remnant of what was once an ornate detail on a clergyman's vestment and use it in a contemporary way.

And I love how she is quick to credit the Gulf Coast seamstreses who carefully stitched all of the pillows shown here. (Yes, while the old textiles are sourced globally, the pillows are made locally in the U.S.)

Rebecca's fans include decorators Melissa Rufty and Gerrie Bremermann. I think someone needs to use the luscious colors in the embroidered Central Asian pillow shown below (the rectangular one with the dark ground) as a jumping off point for designing a whole room.

Although her pieces are never fussy, Rebecca is known for attention to detail. For example, she opted to use a tiny, tailored flange on the pillow shown below, at the right.

If you're in the Southeast and passionate about textiles, the B. Viz booth at Foxglove is worth a visit. You can learn more about Rebecca's story here and see her studio here.

[Mixed media light fixture crafted from paper and feathers and embellished with antique crystals
by Kaki Foley. Image posted with permission from Anthropologie.]

Work by other Louisiana-based designers and artists will soon be on view up North at Anthropologie's Rockefeller Center location in NYC. Specifically, Anthro will showcase New Orleans’ creative community with Beyond the Quarter, a gallery exhibition debuting January 19th. Long-time SC readers will probably recognize some of the featured names: Shelley Hesse,  Alexa Pulitzer, Ashley Longshore, Gretchen Howard, Helene Florence, Jon Shooler, Kaki Foley, Patsy Grace, and Rebecca Rebouché.

 [Photo: Courtney Barnes]

The show will be on view through March 21st, with prices ranging from $880 to $5,800. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. More on this exhibition, as well as next week's grand opening of Anthro's new Westside Atlanta store on Howell Mill Road, to come.

3 comments:

Karena said...

Wonderful textiles Courtney. You might also check out Jane, the Empress of the Eye. She uses antique textiles in her pillows and interior design work.

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

Anonymous said...

So glad B VIZ is in Atlanta. Many have tried to copy but this is the real deal!

Jacqueline said...

Gorgeous! I want that dark blue narrow one...