Today is my dad's birthday. It seemed fitting to carve a stamp inspired by something I know he would have enjoyed. He liked to dabble in a little welding, but I am not sure if he ever tried to bend pieces like this doorway. I miss him horribly and not a day goes by that I don't think of him.
What a lovely blue sky beyond an amazing greenhouse in Gothenburg, Sweden. I carved the stamp thinking that I would use blue paint on dark paper. I was not happy with the print, so I printed black on top of aqua. I like the results, but it is not my beautiful sky... I see that I need to re-carve the lines to leave less of the stamp. For now I will use the stamp a few times as is, then alter it by cutting away.
This painting by Wifredo Lam (1902-1982) in the Moderna Museet in Stockholm caught my eye. I like the gentle colours dramaticized by bold geographic shapes. This painting has many opportunities for carved stamps inspiration! I also see stencils and quilting ideas.
Certainly not foliage one would find in Sweden! I must learn more about this Cuban artist.
While visiting Millesgarden in Stockholm, I was delighted to find an exhibit of Josef Frank fabrics. Sometimes we just get lucky! The next time I was there (1 year later), there was an exhibit of horse and cowboy sculptures from a museum in Colorado! I much preferred the fabric! Josef Frank was born in Austria in 1885. Born of Jewish heritage, Frank moved to Stockholm with his Swedish wife in 1933, aged 48, to escape growing Nazi discrimination. He died in 1967. I enjoyed the bright bold patterns:
I carved this simple butterfly stamp inspired by Josef Frank: