Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you did take a rest and enjoy spending time with your love ones…in these difficult time. I think is truly important to spend time and have fun with the ones we cherish the most! Speaking of having fun, here is my second personal textile project! I’m excited to show it to you because I was inspired with Haitian Naive Art Paintings. We call this kind of painting primitive art or an instinctive one, in other words, Folk art, since most Haitian painters are self taught. The main themes are generally the outside market place, people in the river fishing, washing or dancing and the sensual women. The painting technique is characterized by abstracted human forms and is strongly influenced by Haitian Voodoo symbolism and as for the colors, they are vibrant and hot : orange, Caribbean blue, electric green, yellow, pure red!
For a change, I chose a young Haitian painter, Pierre Maxo (1969-). He was trained and disciplined from the famous artist Gabriel Alix, who died in 1998. Alix was acknowledged as the “first generation” Haitian primitive painter. Maxo paintings are pretty close to Alix’s style, however many art critics find his work a bit more sophisticated in his use of compositions and colors. Maxo’s work has become widely appreciated and collected for several years now.
In this second personal textile project, I decided to use a mix of silk/cotton white thin cloths and hand painting them in a more watercolor way, for which I absolutely love. I went in the extreme with the colors and made two samples: one with cold colors and the other one with hot ones. I finished it all with foil paper to give a “fantasy” effect at the end. In my next post you will see outfits made out of them! Stay tuned!
Marie Georghy Jacob
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