Wednesday, 11 April 2018
TULIP DESIGNS (WAP #12; Istanbul)
Whilst, in itself, this story has absolutely nothing to do with the tulip tiles adorning Topkapi Palace in Istanbul... the source of inspiration for this weeks art project... it does highlight the value of a single hand crafted object; initially made as an adornment, but is then transformed through time to become a receptacle of historic & personal meaning.
Much like another story I heard from a friend this week...which does actually include Istanbul! My friend received a piece of tile in the post, sent from another friend's niece, who picked up this fragment of tile in the very street my friend's mother was born in...in Istanbul... many years ago! To anyone else that small token would be considered broken rubbish, but to my friend, it is a treasure imbued with significance & meaning.
And someone made it in the first place.
Who knows where our creative efforts will lead us, our clients & our descendants! Will my weekly art projects mean something to someone other than me one day? Who knows, but for now...we have today!
Of course, if I had also included my books & the internet as a tulip-hunting sources, I may well have been drawing for days!
Then it was time to let the cutting back begin! Here is how it went...
At this point I was somewhat disappointed with how flat the design looked. It definitely needed a pick-me-up! I was also aware that the effectiveness of the variegated thread was lost in the blue outlines. The third thing I was disappointed with was the lower tulip...it kind of looked...well, boring!
It was time to do some serious embellishment!
The Turkish tiles are such a rich source of inspiration, I think I'll keep looking at them some more next week as well.
Until then...happy creating!