Textile Shadow Boxes

I recently blogged about this little textile shadow box sample I made, trying out an idea I pinned on my Pinterest board many months ago. You’ll find further information on that here http://www.alisonschwabe.com/weblog/?p=6783

Today I returned to my Pinterest “presentations” board, to see which maker came up with that bright idea. However, there’s no one answer, because I found that I’ve pinned several others, too, and it’s actually quite a popular method of presentation of artwork, and done in various sizes, not just to show little things. Here are some examples I found:

From detail sections I recognise, I’m pretty certain that the one I pinned and was directly influenced by, was work of the UK textile artist, Mary Morris. Another name that came up in one of the pins I found on my board, which had a ‘Note To Self’ on it to whoever had pinned it – ‘Shane Drinkwater’. It’s an intriguing image of what looks like 6 beer carton halves with painted insides and a section of dot-textured painting placed inside on the base. I searched Shane Drinkwater and found he is Australian (indeed, a fellow Tasmanian) a prolific artist whose painted works are mostly on paper and include a lot of grid-like layouts of irregular lines of dots, textured shapes and patterns of other marks. I found his work quite thrilling, with strong connection to contemporary quilt design and some contemporary Australian Indigenous art too, which is hardly surprising. Another interesting artist working at times with boxes I found was Deborah Benioff Friedman – both the boxes themselves and their real or implied contents are part of her assemblages. Saving the best for last, I found some lovely child-like art at Criando Com Apego which literally means creating with an emotional attachment. This is a delightful website with wonderful ideas to encourage and develop the imagination and creativity of young children – for whoever the website owner is, he/she has a passionate interest in teaching such children. The matchboxes have pictures placed in them, and each picture becomes a part of the whole story …. which takes me right back to my interest in using the shadow box arrangement for segments of some kind of textile to act together to convey something, a story, explore a memory, that kind of thing.

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