Here is the second part to my series ‘Made in France’; you can see the first part here. The photos that I chose for this post are darker; they are more autumnal and mysterious. I like the earthy colours of the tapestry, and I think that it’s interesting how this man made piece of fabric doesn’t look strange in a natural environment.
Flea Market Landscape With Bars, 2013
A blank canvas is something which doesn’t exist in the world of Chad Wys. An American mixed media artist (and I mean mixed media in every sense of the word), Wys creates his artwork using anything from old paintings to china plates, making his mark on the work of others. Vivid, solid colours stand proud against their backgrounds, giving forgotten pieces of artwork a new lease of life.
I bought this tapestry during the summer, when I visited an antiques shop in Brighton, Snooper’s Paradise (an amazing place, full of weird and wonderful objects). This tapestry caught my attention thanks to the colours and I thought that it would be interesting to photograph.
“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a fantastic film, there are interesting costumes and the characters are fascinating. But the songs are the best aspect. “The Time Warp” is obviously the most famous song, but it is not the only good song in the film.
If you think embroidery is restricted purely to the elderly and the sewing lessons of a 1960s secondary education, then you’ve got some catching up to do. Embroidery has moved on from the corners of your handkerchief (you know the ones, with your initial stitched onto it) and now weaves itself into pages of pop culture publications.