Thursday, January 20, 2005

New Work #2

Medley in Violets and Greens
28 x 35"

Quilting Detail


  1. I love this! Very soft. You're on a roll! A roll of strips that is. Harhar.

  2. I love it. Them both actually. I'm going to steal some of the quilting designs for one of my quilt borders. Though still a beginner I love your work for inspiration beyond blocks and squares.

  3. Anonymous9:34 PM

    Oh Melody....this is absolutely wonderful. I love the colors. Would go perfectly in my bedroom.....I did get a 10yd bolt of the silk and hope to get around to dying it this next soon as I get this gift quilt done (almost there! then I have to get the cat hair off it). I am forever amazed by the lack of limits to your creativity.....


  4. Medieval era

    "Universal Man" illumination from Hildegard of Bingen's Liber divinorum operumArtists from the Medieval period include Ende, Diemudus, Guda, Claricia, Herrade of Landsberg and Hildegard of Bingen.sportsbookIn the early Medieval period, women often worked alongside men. Manuscript illuminations, embroideries, and carved capitals from the period clearly demonstrate examples of women at work in these arts. Documents show that they also were brewers, butchers, wool merchants, and iron mongers. Artists of the time period, including women, were from a small subset of society whose status allowed them freedom from these more strenuous types of work. Women who were artists, often were of two literate classes, either wealthy aristocratic women or nuns. Women in the former category often created embroideries and textiles. Those in the later category often produced illuminations.There were a number of embroidery workshops in England at the time, particularly at Canterbury and Winchester; Opus Anglicanum or English embroidery was already famous across Europe - a 13th century Papal inventory counted over two hundred pieces. It is presumed that women were almost entirely responsible for this production. One of the most famous embroideries of the Medieval period is the Bayeux Tapestry, of cloth embroidered with wool that is 230 feet long and which narrates the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of England.march madness The Bayeux Tapestry may have been created in either a commercial workshop, by a royal or aristocratic lady and her retinue, or a workshop in a nunnery. In the 14th century, a royal workshop is documented, based at the Tower of London, and there may have been other earlier arrangements.Manuscript illumination affords us many of the named artists of the Medieval Period including Ende, a tenth century Spanish nun; Guda, a twelfth century German nun; Claricia, twelfth century laywoman in a Bavarian scriptorium. These women, and many more unnamed illuminators, benefited from the nature of convents as the major loci of learning for women in the period and the most tenable option for intellectuals among them.
    In many parts of Europe, with the Gregorian Reforms of the eleventh century and the rise in feudalism, women faced many strictures that they did not face in the Early Medieval period. With these changes in society, the status of the convent changed. In the British Isles, the Norman Conquest marked the beginning of the gradual decline of the convent as a seat of learning and a place where women could gain power. Convents were made subsidiary to male abbots, rather than being headed by an abbess, as they had previously.In Pagan Scandinavia, there was a female runemaster, who is the only historically confirmed female runemaster in Sweden; her name was Frögärd i Ösby working ca. 1000-1017.In Germany, however, under the Ottonian Dynasty, convents retained their position as institutions of learning. This might be partially because they were often headed and populated by unmarried women from the royal and aristocratic Therefore, it is in Germany where the greatest late Medieval period work by women emerges, as exemplified by that of Herrade of Landsberg and Hildegard of Bingen.


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