Friday, 20 July 2007

Back from Holidays

Adam Elsheimer, "Flight inEgypt", 1609 - Alte Pinakothek, Munich

So I'm back from holidays. I'm stunned and exhausted. We've seen incredible castles, awesome landscapes, and stunning works of art. People were really nice and food was cheap so... can't say what I preferred. I have found many subjects of interest to follow but have to put some order in my ideas before I can talk about them ;o)

I managed not to buy a cuckoo clock, but bought some cute Bavarian handmade pewter figurines.

The trip began by a visit to textile museums in Alsace and Lorraine (French regions near the German border). France began printing cotton fabrics in the 18th Century, because of the ever increasing demand of the public for paisley printed fabrics from India. At first they used wood-block printing, and eventually it was with fabric printing that France began its industrialisation.

You can read more about this on the Mulhouse Textile Printing museum website.

We also visited the Wesserling textile museum. They have a stunning textile art exposition at the moment and until September, which is called "Jardins Réduits" (Miniature Gardens), in which Carol Lenthall participated. Each artist was asked to do a little piece including fabric relating to gardens. Unfortunately they didn't have a catalogue, but I'll try to find one to show you pictures.

Now I should go back to beading a little - I bought Alice's spirit doll and my seed bead case on the trip but didn't touch them at all :o)


ACey said...

Glad you are returned safely and have had such a rewarding and inspirational holiday!

freebird said...

Aren't you the lucky one! Sounds like a fabulous holiday. What inspiration you must have all around you. Thanks for sharing the photos too.

Hélène H said...

Thanks for your good wishes Acey, they go straight to my heart.

It's true, I'm lucky, Freebird. However, I believe luck is something you nurture ; smile to life and life will give you wonderful presents.

Kind regards