Thursday, July 23, 2009

a story

The name of the lady in the picture is Paulette Peroni - she was a fiber artist
I used to work for her during the last years of her life,
when she needed help to prepare for some solo exhibitions.
She would use any type of technique - weaving, knitting, embroidery, collage, crochet -
and while I was there she used to tell me a lot of stories about her childhood in Egypt,
her French mother and Italian father, her job as translator of sci-fi books,
the International Tapestry Biennale in Lausanne and a lot more about fiber art.

I was trying to put some order in my stuff and I found these negatives,
so I thought it would be nice to share them.
I love the fact that that are a bit dirty and scratched.
They were shot between the '60 and the '70.

Temples - embroidery (her first piece ever)

Ulivo (olive tree) - weaving

Japanese roof I - weaving (my favourite!)

Japanese roof II - weaving

Galaxy - embroidery (work in progress)

...and this last one for my love of yellow and grey:

Yellow teardrop - knitting


janne said...

I love the Olive tree one, and the grey and yellow. Fantastic work.

Anonymous said...

These are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I am just learning to weave on a rigid heddle and found your website. It is incredibly inspiring.

Ginny in Washington, DC

Leslee said...

Sounds like she was a fascinating and extremely creative woman. Lucky for you to have worked with her!

Her pieces are amazing and very inspiring. Thanks for sharing them!

Meg said...

Such precious images, Doni. thank you so much for sharing.

Donatella said...

Thank you everyone, I was really lucky to meet this lady and learning so many things from her. She was 93 when she died, and still planning her next work. I wish I could do the same!

Deb Newton said...

Fabulous work, and how fortunate for you to have such a person in your life.

I admire when people can move from one medium to another. Beautiful vision shows in all her work.

I love your blog-- it is very inspirational. I am a knitwear designer and former weaver. But I love to return to the loom.

Donatella said...

Hi Deb,

thank you for stopping by!

Paulette was truly an artist, in everything she did - even arranging the table for an afternoon tea - a great font of inspiration

Susan said...

The Japanese roof weaving pieces are wonderful!

hujour said...

Wow, I love that yellow teadrop piece. It was nice to find your blog. Thanks :)!