I am not an artist but I can take photographs. Whenever I am away, I take my camera and take photographs of anything that takes my interest; from flowers, to buildings, even unusual shapes of railings. When I get home I transfer the photographs to a file folder called Inspirational Pictures. Here I sort the photographs into folders: birds, flowers, church tracery, water, sea pictures, seasonal pictures, heart shapes, knots and meanders etc.
This is my resource when I need it.
When I was thinking about preparing a new booklet of patterns for my workshops at Summer School and Tacoma, I examined all the pictures that I had taken of knots and meanders. Everywhere I have visited I always look for patterns.
|Lambeth Bridge in London, through which you can see the Houses of Parliament|
|A French church roof in Troyes|
|A decorative frieze at Strawberry Hill in London.|
|Carved knot from the Rothbury cross circa 800 CE|
|Coat of arms of Bishop Cosin in Durham Cathedral cloister|
Here is the band in close up.
|Close up of knot motif band.|
|Zig zag decoration above window in Durham Cathedral cloister|
|meander detail on student residence in Tartuu Estonia|
In Liverpool the former offices for the Mersey Tunnel has some beautiful decorative Art Deco features. I love the way in which this utilitarian building has been decorated. It is the ventilation outlet as well as the main office building.
|Mersey Tunnel offices and ventilation building 1931-1934|
|An astonishing door and surround|
Look at these friezes. They are so dramatic.
I was inspired enough to design a couple of narrow patterned bands.Here is one with three wavy lines like the frieze above. There are 13 pattern threads.
|Front and back of woven band.|
Here is another design with two wavy lines. There are 13 pattern threads.
|front and back of woven band|
|The two woven bands.|
I also designed a narrow warp faced band. This band has 46 warp ends. The weft is green and the pattern is grey silk. I was trying to get the effect of wavy lines.
|A narrow warp faced band in cotton and silk.|
I enjoyed using green to design these woven bands.
Happy inspirational weaving
Susan J Foulkes May 2016