England, Karen Fullalove, Canal Beauty
Canal beauty is a unique piece of art appreciating the complexity and beauty of canal boat design.
The extraordinary canal boat art in England shows a past whose origin is yet to be understood. Commonly referred to as ‘roses and castles’, negates the larger percentage of a boat’s decoration: the geometric patterns. These patterns use meaningful symbolism known since ancient times: triangles, diamonds, circles, hearts, six-pointed and eight-pointed star forms.
Symbolism has existed since the earliest discovered Palaeolithic drawings in caves, over 30,000 years ago. These drawings of creatures and geometric forms held important meaning, their purpose being to invoke, empower or announce. With the advent of weaving, these symbols were transferred to cloth.
Women were the embroiderers and used cloth as the basis for their symbolic language. They were the architects of their designs and would use this language to express their individual identity, the identity of their family, their homestead, region, country, and spiritual beliefs. It was one of the ways they supported the emotional wellbeing of their family. Symbolic embroidery has been performed for thousands of years and the similarity in use and meaning from quite separate cultures is significant – a mystical united verse.
This unique canvas embroidery embraces an abundance of embroidery stitches and techniques to emphasise meaning and give a beautiful texture. It is a slow and complex art. The design, colour balance, stitch selection, yarn processing, stitching, and finishing take a minimum of four months to complete. The result is a window into a world which radiates peace, warmth, and beauty. An oasis of calm you can return to each day to feel free.
With this piece you will receive a personal letter explaining the symbolism, design and history within your picture so you can contemplate and enjoy the ‘united verse’.
Dimensions 51 x 27cm
Canvas High quality Zweigart natural cotton canvas is used for the foundation of the embroidery.
Yarn Romney and Jacobs fleece from sheep on local smallholdings is hand scoured, carded, spun and dyed by the artist
Dyes - indigo, madder, onion skins, wild carrot, weld, along with brown from natural Jacobs sheep.
Finishing – In the finishing process, the piece is first stretched and blocked. When dry, the raw edges of the canvas are trimmed and enclosed in a stitched binding. The whole piece is then stretched over a layer of acid-free mountboard and ply, and laced with linen twine.
Framing - Your artwork will arrive with D rings and cord already attached so you may hang it and enjoy it as is, or it can be simply mounted in a box frame of your choice.
Care - Wool is naturally self-protective and any dust may be removed by a simple tapping of the piece (if left without glass). As with watercolours, it is recommended to hang away from direct sunlight to protect the colours.
Delivery time - 4 weeks