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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016



[Detail: late-19th-century Indian sari. The Met's collection.]

Comments on the previous post motivated me to deviate from my usual pattern of reading only art-related nonfiction and finally delve into A.S. Byatt's Booker prize-winning Possession. I've had the book less than 24 hours but I'm already consumed with her use of green (the color, not the movement), ranging from the palest silver-greens to the richest emeralds. This painterly writing style and focus on verdant shades is discussed here, in a short 2004 BBC radio program.

Back in the design realm, Amelia T. Handegan communicates with color brilliantly too. In fact, her approach has also been described as painterly. With a skilled hand, she brings shimmering saris and other Indian textiles into restrained Lowcountry rooms (think turquoise silk at the foot of an otherwise dressed-down antique mahogany four-poster). And while she's best known for handling historical projects, she can definitely embrace Modern. At the end of March I'll be sharing a less expected Handegan room with bits of midcentury flair -- a project published in a soon-to-be-released book.


Anonymous said...

I'm dying to know what page you are on. I pulled it out last night as a result of the club via blog.
And if you normally only read art-related non-fiction, then you must read "The Hare With Amber Eyes" too.
:-)) J

Style Court said...

Jacqueline -- I think p. 107 :) But I also cheated and skipped ahead to read some sections mentioned in the radio thing. Now I'm back to reading it as intended. Thank you so much for the nudging. I also bought Byatt's Matisse Stories. After that I'll have to read Amber Eyes.

Loving your virtual tour of Vietnam, btw.

home before dark said...

And so the seduction begins. A.S. Byatt's prose is lush, image-filled, complex. It is sometimes challenging, but rewarding. Her writing reminds me of Seamus Heaney's confession upon hearing Shakespeare performed in English and knowing that his guttural northern Irish voice could never match the tones of Shakespeare as it was written to be spoken. Enjoy the journey.

Style Court said...

HBD --

I will. Or, I should say, I am. The depth of her knowledge, her creativity and her skill all leave me a little awe struck.

Thank you, too, for the nudge!

laurie said...

I have read and reread Possession 4 times. I get more out of it on every reading. I envy you and your first go with it. It's magical in every sense.

Style Court said...

Hi Laurie -- getting lost in the book does feel like a new adventure.

Hadley Court said...

Love Amelia's work!