Art Nouveau Flowers

Image of the Art Nouveau Flowers

This piece was inspired by the Art Nouveau architecture of Nancy in Lorraine, which is particularly elaborate. We spent an enjoyable weekend there, walking around with camera and sketch book.

The form is a window shape, while the flowers were found carved in high relief on a wall. They are not, incidentally, dandelions, as some people think, but giant hog weed, a plant much used in Art Nouveau design. It grows abundantly in the garden of the Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, and the dried heads are used in flower arrangements.

The whole piece is made of calico, apart from some couched chenille for the flowers. The frame is lightly quilted.

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