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


Sunday Rose

[Two Roses, circa 1884–1904, by Zacharie Astruc (Angers 1835–1907 Paris). Collection of The Met.]

It's garden tour season. Here in Atlanta, we've got Gardens for Connoisseurs on the horizon, an event that crisscrosses leafy neighborhoods offering peeks behind eleven houses with lawns ranging in feel from stately to rustic-woody. But another upcoming flower happening that might be off your radar, unless you're a serious rosarian, is the 2013 Rose Show scheduled to take place at the Atlanta Botanical Garden May 11 - 12.  If you're a textile designer or artist, maybe you'll be inspired by the hundreds of freshly cut specimens. Let's look at what others, from Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons of Timorous Beasties to production designer John Box (the 70s Great Gatsby), have done. 

[McGegan Rose wallpaper fom Timorous Beasties.]

[Screengrabs of The Great Gatsby, 1974.]

[Chinese lantern, circa 1730-50, porcelain with overglaze enamel (fencai) decoration, Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

 [Rectangular piece of printed cotton, English, late 18th century, MFA, Boston.]

[Fragment of blanket with compass rose motif, wool embroidery, probably American, late 18th century, MFA, Boston.]

[Bakhat Singh Holds a Pink Rose, circa 1750, made in Jodhpur, India by unknown artist. Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

[Embroidered panel, possibly intended for a bag, American, 19th century, MFA, Boston.] 

[Rose, 1984, gelatin silver print by Daido Moriyama. Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

[Detail: Turkish bath towel (pestamal) circa 1800, with reversible band of embroidery containing repeated motif of a stylized rose and tulip set in four staggered rows. Philadelphia Museum of Art.]

[Design by Schuyler Samperton; photo by Grey Crawford; flowers by Louesa Roebuck.]


Ms. Ainee C. Beland said...

It's exquisite. Thank you for sharing. I was at grocery store (ALDIs Market)and they had Dahlia's and Valley of the Lilies on sale for planting spring bulbs and I stopped to admire and glance at the bulbs in dirt form etc. I did not buy any since no garden of mine own.

The all time best gardener is that once upon a time there was a garden writer and designer named Gertrude Jekyll (1848-1932), who shone as an English garden planter at the turn of the 20th century. What set Jekyll above her contemporaries, who, like her, created beautiful gardens and photographed them before they disappeared, is that she wrote with literary style to describe her favorite gardens and to illuminate her thoughts about them. Her descriptions of those gardens graced the pages of Country Life.

View the book:

Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden: from the archives of Country Life (Rizzoli, 2011), by Judith B. Tankard

Again, thank you very much for sharing. I like Style Court, it is tastefully done and exceptional.

Style Court said...

Seule -- thanks so much. Funny that you mention lily-of-the-valley because I planted some in pots just last week :) They really work indoors too. You're fortunate to have a grocery store that stocks the pips!

Yes, that Jekyll book is excellent. I love it. Such a great resource.

Ms. Ainee C. Beland said...

Thank you, I may give in and try the Lilies as well. I will check with mother-in-law and see where to put them in her yard. Or I won't bother at all. Be well! Remember I have similar sweater to yours!

Anonymous said...

Love love love it all, but in particular I am dying for a sink console like the one in that last Schuyler Samperton photo.

Style Court said...

Jacqueline, I want a bathroom filled with those enormous flowers :)