Flower bouquet cross stitch
made in Australia 1970s
My son Oscar [Gen Y] likens cross stitch to ‘pixel art’ and I can see his point. He is also my photographer- so as we style my collection for images to post to the blog he lets me know what he likes and absolutely DOESN’T like.
He is the child of two designers- so naturally has a firm opinion on my collection. Which I applaud and learn from; I love his interpretation of things made before he was born. I unfortunately lived through the 70s and 80s in Australia- the time that design forgot – and so sometimes have a less rosy view.
But- I love this tapestry with its stylized botanical specimens of Delphiniums and Poppies; crafted in Australian wool on hand-printed gauze; Oscar likes it because it’s a strong graphic representation of pixel art.
And I love it for another reason: I have a friend who intends to fill an entire wall of her house with found and reclaimed tapestries; I think this could be included. If it were me, they’d all be botanical in nature.
The 70s flowers cross stitch is professionally mounted and framed, ready to hang- and is for sale: $AUD45
‘Autumn Coppice’ completed tapestry
made in the UK, 1970s
I have become aware of an amusing meme called ‘crapestry’- where people post images of completed tapestries found in second-hand sales. I find them amusing myself but I also respond to the kitsch quality of these works, particularly those of the 60s and 70s, and anything to do with bambis and squirrels. And I love the ‘pixelated art’ quality of them [to quote my son, Oscar.]
I have an acquaintance who has decided to fill a complete wall of her home with found tapestry: instead of wall-paper, she is going to decorate the wall with framed tapestries [or crapestries – I’m not sure of her exact taste.] The uniting feature of the works will be the frames- so she is collecting unframed tapestry.
I recently came across a whole lot of finished tapestries and thought that if my friend had figured a new use for these works, then others would too. This is a lovely example of upcycling: and so the squirrel in the ‘Autumn Coppice’ is for sale : AUD$45