Aug 24, 2014

Zipelius design in two colorways

The painter, Georges Zipelius, designed some of the most original and beautiful textiles in France during the 19th century.  His work was in great demand and his designs were commissioned by many different companies who produced textiles and wallpapers.
Some of Zipelius favorite printed color combinations were deep violet partnered with a greeny-yellow as well as shades of rose over-printed with bright yellow.
Below are two colorways, rose and violet, of Zipelius' bird-of-paradise pattern:

Jul 25, 2014

Martine Roch - A French artist and her unusual friends

In the 21st century, digital art has become another medium used by some artists to express themselves. Galleries and museums have been displaying the best examples of digital art in their contemporary art collections.
Not surprisingly, French artists are still setting a standard of excellence in all aspects of artistic pursuits, including digital art.  Martine Roch is a French artist from Dijon who creates a fantastic world of delightful animal friends.
Take a look at the pictures below.
To visit Martine Roch's website, click HERE.
If you'd like to have a bag or a pillow or a coffee mug with one of Martine's animal friends printed on it, please click HERE to visit Martine Roch page at Society 6.  I've "adopted" two of her animal friends for myself already - in the form of canvas shopping totes!
And click HERE to visit Martine Roch at Fine Art America to buy prints and greeting cards of her animal characters.
Below are three of her delightful characters:

Lizzie and her Cat
The Wise Man

The Little Chatterbox

Jul 22, 2014

French Art Deco lady

This Art Deco painting was the first thing I bought for myself in France and it still hangs on my living room wall.  I found it in an antique center in Bordeaux. The matte was water damaged, but I bought it anyway.  The local framer was able to match the matte color. He replaced the matte, but preserved the original frame and glass.

Feb 9, 2014

Gray backgrounds in French antique printed fabrics

The pictures below illustrate some of the gray tones that were used by French textile manufacturers during the 19th century and the early 20th century. The shades of gray included blue-gray, green-gray, charcoal and more. Gray was a popular color since it didn't show the soot from the fireplaces as did lighter colors. The first and third below are fabrics from 1870-1880 while the other three are Art Nouveau fabrics.

Jan 30, 2014

More colors of Provence

As mentioned in an earlier post entitled, "Color schemes in 19th C French textiles, part 9," red and gold were favorite colors in sunny Provence.  (To see that earlier post:

Another favored color scheme from that era that we don't see very often nowadays is shades of turquoise or aqua with shades of red. Some interesting variations on this color scheme are shown below, starting with a lovely early-19th century imported fabric from India using red and aqua as the main color scheme:

Jan 24, 2014

Napoleon and the color blue

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the first to promote "buy local."
During the 18th century, in the years before the revolution, most wealthy people imported their textiles and luxury goods despite strict laws against importing many types of textiles. The French textile industry languished and so did all the associated businesses like the dyers, the farmers who produced the raw materials, the weavers and the shopkeepers.
During the Middle Ages, the region around Toulouse had produced woad - a natural blue dye that is similar to indigo.  By the time Napoleon came to power, imported indigo was the preferred blue dye used in France. As a result, the French producers of woad were suffering and the entire Toulouse region was economically weak.
Napoleon chose the color blue for the French military uniforms in order to revive the production of woad. He decreed that the cloth for the military uniforms be produced in France with French wool, dyed blue with French woad and woven by French textile mills.  The region that produced woad thrived again under the Republic.