INTRODUCTION + POETRY + MUSIC + ESSAYS + TRAVEL + FICTION + TEXTILE ART + HAAG'S BIO
Double strand Persian wool on 12 mesh canvas, two: 15 x 2 3/4 x 1"
Continental stitch in all four directions
Approximately 22,104 stitches in the pair, 1979
I have long been fascinated by the receding effect of coffered ceilings. As I travelled through Europe the summer of 1979 and saw many such ceilings, I incorporated "coffering" into my work.
I chose to do armrests for my car, not only because it needed them, but because the canvases were small and easy to carry. The stylized flowers come from sitting in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Other stitches were taken in the squares and along the sea wall in Venice, in the Botanischer Garten of the Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, near den Haag (The Hague) in Holland, at Stonehenge in England.
Both ARMRESTS use the same colors but in different proportions. This is a device I'm particularly fond of -- making matching pairs or panels which, at a glance, seem to be the same, but on closer inspection are seen to differ.
The ARMRESTS were completed on a trip to Greece that same year, when I was invited to the First International Women Filmmakers Symposium in Thessaloniki. The final stitches were taken atop the Acropolis in Athens, sitting on the steps of the Parthenon on a windy day. The ARMRESTS served for seven years in my classic, 1964 Riviera.
They represent my first totally improvised patterns.
Jan Haag may be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
II The Unicorn
III Green Pillow
VI Chinese Chair Pillow
VII Great Grandmother's Legacy
VIII Octagonal Beanbag
IX Flora and Fauna Beanbag
X Asian Diary #1, Kundalini
XI Asian Diary #2
XII Tibetan Yantra Beanbag
XIV Eye of Horus Amulet
XV Erika Sachet
THE FOLLOWING NEEDLEPOINTS ARE BASED ON THE RHYTHMS AND MELODY OF
NORTH INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC
IXX Tintal Coin Purse
XX Kaida, Tabla Covers
XXI Tukra, Tabla Covers
XXIII The Ten Thats