Quote of the day

When you buy something from an artist, you buy not just a thing. You buy thousands of mistakes and millions of experiments. You buy days, weeks, months of frustrations and pure happiness. You buy not just a thing. You buy a small piece of heart, soul, and moments of someone’s life. The most important thing is that you pay for the artist’s time so he/she can enjoy doing what he/she is infatuated with.

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Mark Ryden

Does anybody like surrealism? I love it! I think it is an incredible cultural movement. Surrealism paintings are very different from reality: every picture is a single world that keeps a story, which cannot be revealed to everyone. If you want to be able to see this story, you should clear up your mind and look closer.

One of my favorite surrealism artists is Mark Ryden. He is also named as “the god-father of pop surrealism”. He was born on January 20th, 1963 in Medford, Oregon, USA. He has dedicated all his life to art. In 1987 he finished Art College of Design in Pasadena. During 90’s Mark Ryden was working as a commercial artist. Among his work was Michael Jackson’s album “Dangerous” and Red Hot Chilly Peppers’ “One Hot Minute”. He also made book covers for 2 novels of Stephen King (Desperation, The Regulators).

His first exhibition was in 1998, Pasadena, California and called “The Meat Show”. Mark Ryden highlights the contradiction between meat we consume and the animals where this meat comes from. As Ryden says, “meat is the physical substance that makes all of us alive and through which we exist in this reality. All of us are wearing our bodies, which are like a garment of meat”.

He looks for his inspiration in everything whatever seems mysterious: skeletons, dolls, religious items, etc. Ryden often depicts Abraham Lincoln in his work. As it is written on his official site, “Ryden’s vocabulary ranges from cryptic to cute, treading a fine line between nostalgic cliché and disturbing archetype. Seduced by his infinitely detailed and meticulously glazed surfaces, the viewer is confronted with the juxtaposition of the childhood innocence and the mysterious recesses of the soul. A subtle disquiet inhabits his paintings; the work is achingly beautiful as it hints at darker psychic stuff beneath the surface of cultural kitsch. In Ryden’s world cherubic girls rub elbows with strange and mysterious figures. Ornately carved frames lend the paintings a baroque exuberance that adds gravity to their enigmatic themes.”

His paintings are easy to spot: almost on every single work he draws an eye and a bee. Can you find these two symbols on his work?

Here is a link to his site if anyone would like to see more of his paintings www.markryden.com/

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Ideas for embroidery

Some people who like doing embroideries face a dilemma every now and then: they don’t know what to embroider. I have had this problem many times before. Now I would like to share how I have solved it.

Check out the Internet.  I used to buy a lot of magazines to find the best scheme (a picture) to work on. Since it was a costly pleasure,  I couldn’t embroider often. One day I decided to look for schemes online. The amount of schemes on the Internet is incredible: dogs, cats, flowers, houses, people, etc. Sometimes it is possible to find a scheme that you will never meet in magazines.

Turn on your imagination.If you go through different schemes and nothing is appealing to you, it’s time to create your own. For example, I made schemes for my pants by myself because I knew I wouldn’t be able to find what I wanted.

Look for inspiration in your close ones. What does your girlfriend/boyfriend like? Dogs or parrots? What about your mum? Does she like fruit, apples of pears? It is important to know, especially if you do an embroidery as a gift. The decision is narrowing down right away if you know the person’s preferences. My aunt loves viola flowers; she even planted them in her garden in different colors (blue, red, yellow, pink, violet, etc.). Knowing that, I made an embroidery of pink violas in a ceramic pot for her Birthday. She was very pleased!

In conclusion, whenever you think you are stuck with a scheme for embroidery, just look around and you will get a lot of ideas!

And here is my pants that I made by myself 🙂

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