Beautiful needlework and antiques

Look at these beautiful naive pieces of needlework . . . 

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I recently had the pleasure of perusing the website of Robert Young Antiques after I was sent a nice picture of one of their pieces by the ever wonderful Madeleine. (I was lying in bed with Maggie the marmalade cat asleep on me if you need a fuller picture)

Aren't these needleworks wonderful? So very inspiring: the sense of flattened perspective and the meticulous attention to detail in very specific and unexpected areas. I love that an artist might spend a long time picking out every single rope on a ships rigging but then show the see as a plane of blue: it shows where their interest lies. I will pop these images in my visual memory bank and see if some new cards might pop out.

On a moderately related note: I get really cross when creative people steal visual ideas from their peers, it's so counter-productive and anyone who does it is only putting themselves at a disadvantage. My advice if you ever need a little visual inspiration is to go way back, get historical on it, I like to look at medieval imagery: things were just better then . . . actually that's probably not true, what with the plagues and pestilence and feudal society and all that. For an example of what I mean by 'better' you simply have to look at an image search for 'mermaid', then adjust it to 'medieval mermaid' - see, much better.

Can you see a slight medieval vibe in the prints in the shop now?