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TEXERE's Art-Deco-Project

Jane Ironside, England / Seamless Textiles Group



The scarf measures approximately 49 x 159 cms.
Designed by painting, and digitally printed on crepe silk satin  

While I was looking at the influences that were coming from Egypt and Asia during this period, it became apparent that there was a mixture of traditional craft motifs as the art Nouveau trailed off, and the machine-age emerged between the wars. The result was a strange juxtaposition of angular and curving shapes.
I have used the softer flowing forms, with an Eastern influence for the flowers, which also echoed the sun burst from one corner, both in colour and shape, (the sun's rays were often used, as it was a time when sunbathing became popular) and a more angular, mechanical, severe shape for the kingfisher. The device of empty space is to give the feeling of contemplation, as used in Chinese and Japanese art that so influenced British design at the period. 
With the opening of the tombs in Egypt a particular group of colours began to appear, i.e. as in Claris Cliff pottery and Burleigh Ware. Birds were a particular favourite design device at this time, especially swallows, kingfishers, doves and swans. I have been to the Far East studying flowers and birds, and Chinese brush painting so it was inevitable that these would appear in any design that I produced and I have always been attracted to the luminous complementary colours that are evocative of Egypt.

This scarf was inspired by the Art deco architecture of the Hoover Building in London, which is now in the care of Tesco, particularly with reference to the fluted structure and colours of the door. 
This symmetrical 'fan–like', or 'sun ray' device recurs in many forms in Art Deco architecture, e.g. pottery, shoes, lamps and  paintings, prints etc. Another feature of this period of design is the form of a grid structure and the repeat device and this is typically achieved with Shibori techniques. The symmetry is tricky to emulate in the Shibori method I have used, but I am pleased with the balance  achieved in this piece.



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