England, Karen Fullalove, Homage to the Elders
The Benaki museum in Athens, Greece hosts some of the most beautiful examples of Cycladian embroidery, fulkl of symbols and stitched on linen cloth. The language of embroidery traditionally radiates through visual contact and, as such, this design is influenced by my favourite piece, which I have performed as a canvas embroidery in wool.
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 art piece 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 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’.
Yarn White – hand scoured and spun from local Romney sheep fleece. Coloured - donated lambswool
Stitch types including tent, spiders web, mosaic, sheaf, triangle, French knot, satin square, long legged cross and own stitches
Canvas High quality Zweigart natural cotton canvas is used for the foundation of the embroidery.
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 plywood 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.
Dimensions – 52 x 34cm
Delivery time - 4 weeks