Millefleur – French tapestries

December 12, 2007

I have been thinking about the use of flowers in fifteenth century French tapestries woven between 1475 and 1520 – depicting cowslips, daisies, rue, rosemary, etc. – common flowers from fields and woods floating in deep, dark backgrounds and forming the backdrop for a lady and a unicorn or lion. These compositions reflect a transition in drawing that was translated into textile by artists belonging to guilds who managed to create dyes that lasted hundreds of years. What makes these fanciful artworks relevant today? And will our designs created in virtual media endure in the same way?

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