A few weeks ago I was at Forbes Library and this book by Bobbie Sumberg caught my eye. It is called "Textiles: Collection Of The Museum of International Folk Art." While standing in the library paging through the book the above Hungarian ensembles and shoes mesmerized me and struck a deep chord of resonance. Needless to say, the book came home with me.
I love the organic, floral patterns and shapes which were hand embroidered on home spun fabrics. Feelings of romance, story and familiarity come to me from the way these clothes are put together, designed and decorated. How did these people wear the clothes? How did they dance together at their wedding? Are the flower patterns blooming on their garments mirroring the flowers that were blooming in their village gardens at the time?
These images have become a point of inspiration for me personally and artistically on many different levels . I am of Eastern European descent on my father's side. My grandfather was born in Ha'rsku't Hungary and my grandmother was born in Krosno, Polland.
The patterns and colors feel so right, so attractive, so lovely, so full of story. I am becoming deeply curious about my ancestors, their life, art, song, story. I want to draw and sketch patterns that are inspired from the folk arts of Hungary and Poland. So I am doing this now, working in line with a rooted feeling of inspiration. Here are some very recent doodles and sketches the seed of which comes from Eastern European design, yet I look forward to letting the patterns flow and become something personal and rooted to who I am now. I'll be taking an art class at the Springfield Museum School on the folk arts of Poland starting in March. I believe there will be lots of digging and learning happening in the coming months...traveling through books, music and stories and maybe planning a real adventure, traveling back to Eastern Europe, only this time spending time in Poland. I am dreaming of inspiration and adventure.