Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Language of Cloth

During the Inspired Design conference I was excited to catch up with former classmate and friend, Andrea Donnelly. She is currently attending graduate school at Virginia Commonwealth University and creating amazing art pieces with hand-woven cotton, pigment-painted warps, fabric dye and stiffener. The Lady Series is breathtaking and worth a further look.

An excerpt from her artist statement:

"The fluid language of cloth speaks of membrane, protection, and the obstruction or revelation of what is tender inside us. Using the physical lightness of woven threads and the visual weight of personal imagery I examine the fragile human spirit by exposing the private spaces of my own, confessing the inner monologue of hope and fear, loneliness and desire that reaches beyond myself."

Andrea's passion is present in her work and statement. I know she will do great things in textile art and design - I look forward to her future work! Check out Andrea's website for more incredible pieces and information.

38 comments:

leah said...

wow. very beautiful work!

erin@designcrisis said...

Wow, the wrapped pieces in particular are stunning!

Sal said...

So ethereal.

TaMs* said...

oh yum. So beautiful.

Krissy said...

wow! Thanks for sharing her talent :)

jae said...

I can only imagine how spectacular these must be in person.

Pattie Cordova said...

wow, that is awesome!

ThePeachTree said...

These are fascinating.

raining sheep said...

Those ARE amazing pieces, the very last photo is my favorite. Totally unique.

Nihal said...

I think not Andrea but 'every woman' is always 'a mystery'. Visited her page, and I'm fooled by her strength and inspiration. Tasty works indeed. As always, I say ''Love and respect woman'':)

PS I enjoy your different findings, Di. You're another talented woman:)

Julia said...

I love the indigo blue seeping up from the botton of the bottom figure! Just incredible!

Rachel said...

I love how ethereal these are. They are just amazing.

Lindley said...

these are very interesting. love the name - "the lady series". i have some sandals in my new collection called "the lady sandals"!

BlankSlate said...

Simply breathtaking

Haley said...

Sometimes I paint on cloth I love that first one! Good work! Maybe I will post up my own tossed to the side cloth paintings...thanks for the inspiration!

Savvy Mode SG said...

these pieces look so ethereal.

Newburgh Restoration said...

Nice to see clothe being used as a sculptural medium

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these are so ethereal...i think i saw her work at the museum of arts and esign when they did an exhibition about the body./// if not, these should have been there...love hearing about your conference and congrats on your successful letter--it truly opened an important dialogue I think...am so proud of you!

Couture Carrie said...

How fabulous are these ethereal creations? I absolutely adore that last ombre "gown" . . . it reminds me of Nina Ricci SS09!

Awesome post, PS!

xoxox,
CC

Mrs.French said...

OMG!!!! you are so right...I am in complete awe...xo t

::Jan:: said...

She is a very deep thinker that girl. Beautifully said though Pleasie. It is just lovely.

Joyce said...

Oh my girdle! These are truly amazing! I see a bright future ahead for Andrea.

Victoria said...

As always, fascinating work!

dwellings and decor said...

Stunning! Her work really creates an eerie feeling. You always have the most interesting posts!

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Grace@PoeticHome said...

What incredible works of art! These are so magical and ethereal. It's so intriguing to see clothing without any support or body underneath.

M.Kate said...

That's some art, simple yet very pretty.

Kat said...

Love the indgo dipped 'sculpture'. The cloth just seems to collapse onto the floor - really beautiful.

A Day That Is Dessert said...

Gorgeous!!

Breakaway said...

Hi there.Thanks for posting this.Love it.I'm constantly grateful to your postings with such wonderful pics and ideas.

TheDecoDetective said...

OMG, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the dark blue one...

jess gonacha said...

these are so lovely!

High Desert Diva said...

Hats off to your former classmate.

Beautiful work.

Revolution Malibu said...

So amazing and inspiring!

ambika said...

That first piece is so amazing.

fly tie said...

wow.

sarah blackmon said...

Thank you for sharing Andrea's work. I just thought of her the other day and wondered about her current work. And, of course, it's amazing!
You and I must have crossed path while in school, since I had some courses with Andrea too. I am really enjoying your blog, and appreciate your eye for capturing lovelies!

Courtney said...

The Lady Series is absolutely breathtaking- so ethereal and a bit haunting. Thank you for sharing her work with us!

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