Monday, 16 July 2012

E Boucherit: Le Filet Brodé - inspiration

For those none the wiser about how I start piecing together my patterns I usually start by taking elements from traditional patterns found in books or on the internet. I then stare at it for ages, modifying bits here and there via Illustrator and once I'm happy that's when I add some modern influences. It took me about 2 months to refine my 'Raining Blood' piece until I was completely happy with it. Scandinavian/Hungarian patterns seem to be my favourite to play with (probably due to my love of symmetry) but recently I've been researching into historic patterns, many of which depict scenes from folklore.

So today I've been looking at Boucherit's 'Le Filet Brodé' which is from the 1900s. Patterns consist of scenes from Aesop's fables, animal and mythological motifs. 
This particular design caught my eye. A man getting maimed by a bear whilst another man is stuck up a tree. I have NO idea what this fable is but I thought what a lovely/brutal thing to embroider.

So intrigued about bear maiming I thought what better way to waste my Monday morning than to read up on Aesop...

The Bear and the Two Travelers
TWO MEN were traveling together, when a Bear suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the bear came up and felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he could. The bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. When he was quite gone, the other traveler descended from the tree, and jocularly inquired of his friend what it was the bear had whispered in his ear. "He gave me this advice," his companion replied. "Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger."
Misfortune tests the sincerity of friends.
True that. So not as brutal as one first thought but still terribly apt for my life at the moment.

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