Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art

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Embroidery, much like fabric, is not made to last forever. So when we are looking for examples of historical textiles, sometimes, they simply do not exisit anymore as the fabrics disintergrate with age and use. However we do still have a source of what textiles might have looked like in their glory days in the form of painting.

During a recent trip to Amsterdam in the Rijksmuseum, we came across some wonderful examples of historical painting which showed great detail of the textiles that they protrayed.

Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand EmbroideryGirl In White Kimono by George Hendrik Breitner

1894

most likely showing a print of Japanese origin

Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand EmbroideryPendant portrait of Oopjen Coppit By Rembrandt

1634

Demonstrating the fineness and whiteness of her flat lace collar

 

Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand EmbroideryPortrait of Emperor Napoleon I by François-Pascal Simon baron Gérard

1804

Depicting traditional goldwork techniques and bullion fringing

 

We also have had one of our interns, Amy Pickard working on a project for us in house where she chose a painting which featured a beautiful piece of textiles and has been working to recreate it herself.

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For the project, she starting point with a visit to the National and National Portrait Galleries. Here she collected primary research of examples of historical textiles. There was a lot of symmetry and geometric shapes as well as a heavy use of floral motifs. It was wonderful to see so many paintings with gorgeous details and being able to name techniques documented.

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After the trip, the photos were sorted through and drawing were made of some of the details. For this she used a lot of Ecclesiastical paintings or portraits of past nobels.
Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand EmbroideryAlong with the photos she assembled a moodboard to help to keep her on track with the aims of the project.
Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery
Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery
Having attended a tambour beading class with our partner company, (London Embroidery School) she decided to recreate one of the motifs using this technique.
Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery
And then followed up with two other samples on velvet in CAD machine embroidery using similar repeats from the isolated motifs.
 Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery
Hawthorne & Heaney on Textiles in Art London Hand Embroidery
All in all we are really excited by the outcomes of the project and think that Amy should be really please with them too!