Suzani Soul & Embroidery

Suzani EmmelineFnlBlue
Suzani EmmelineFnlBlue

As new spring products begin to roll in, so to has my newest fabric collection, Suzani Soul:

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Suzani EmmelineFnlK

Traditional suzani is a type of central asian textile embroidery. My fabric collection is inspired by those embroidered pieces, however my work is painted rather than the sewn craft. Below are a few examples of embroidered suzani pillows I found on the internet, including one by Madeline Weinrib. If you know her work, perhaps you are as agog with it as I am.

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MadelineWeinribsuzani
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I have always loved embroidery, whether it is traditional suzani or the more american craft interpretation. Of course, I am not an expert embroiderer. For that you must visit the likes of Ms. Charlotte Lyons of House Wren Studio. Oh, visit her Etsy shop! It is FILLED with goodies. Like these gorgeous items:

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CLyonsA
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CLyonsC

Although my embroidery needle has been tucked away for ages (and by ages I mean, perhaps 30 years), I have been painting recently. And that brings me back to my Suzani Soul fabrics. The group of artwork that makes up Suzani Soul is hand painted. Here is the original painted piece that was the starting point for the entire Suzani Soul collection:

Large Suzani Indigo Eye
Large Suzani Indigo Eye

I am glad to have my hands back in my inkpot, as it were. I have more ideas for paintings than I can possibly get done. It feels good to be making the kind of art I actually once hoped would make all day. And I am thrilled that some of the paintings have been making it onto new products.

And yes, that is supposed to be a cliffhanger. Did it work? Is anyone on the edge of their seat??? :) Well, I will leave you with these paintings, below. What do you suppose they would look good on? Stayed tuned to learn more...

Poppy Stripe
Poppy Stripe
Floral Gesture Sml Dot
Floral Gesture Sml Dot