Sunday, June 27, 2010

Art Sunday Toile de Jouy

I have been having a more difficult time deciding on what to post for today. I worked up one last night about an american scuptor whom I found very interesting. She was born in 1949 same year as me, and her primary subject matter is the full scale horse.
I ran into alot of java script problems, so had to remove all the photos, and then it still did not post right-however it did crossover post to blogger fine. Here is a link Kathys blogpost

This morning, I decided to post on Toile de Jouy. My post the other day refers to my quilt fabric swap-international, and I received a beautiful piece. My friend Aggie from France gave me the complete name for it. Toile de Jouy
Toile de Jouy, sometimes abbreviated to simply "toile", is a type of decorating pattern consisting of a usually white or off-white background on which a repeated pattern depicting a fairly complex scene, generally of a pastoral theme such as (for example) a couple having a picnic by a lake. Toiles also often consist of an arrangement of flowers. The pattern portion consists of a single colour, most often black, dark red, or blue. Greens, browns and magenta toile patterns are less common but not unheard of. Toile is most associated with fabrics (curtains and upholstery in particular), though toile wallpaper is also popular. Toile can also be used on teapots and beddings.
Toile de Jouy originated in France in the late 1700s. In the French language the phrase literally means "cloth from Jouy-en-Josas", a town of north-central France. Although it has been continuously produced since then, it experienced a marked upsurge in popularity around the year 2000. Previously only a decorating design, designers have been recently experimenting with toile-patterned apparel as well, although toile-patterned shirts were widely worn in the 1970s
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and this excellent article on more history and the process of how it was made

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and this is the pretty piece I received from my swap partner


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