DIY-spiration: Art

Every once and a while, I see something so beautifully made that it absolutely takes my breath away… And then I came to Europe, and at this point I can pretty much no longer breathe. These past few weeks have been like a walk through my art history textbook. Before studying abroad, I had an idea of what art was (or as much as I could glean from high school art history class), but now I feel as though I am living in a world where beautiful works are a given and art is a part of life.

This past weekend I took a trip to Paris and hit three museums – the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee l’Orangerie. I felt as though I embarked on a journey that took me through the change and growth of art throughout human history. Even though I know hundreds of thousands of people have traipsed through these same museums and have gawked at the same paintings, I still felt like the works were speaking to me individually. It was an incredible experience and gave me beautiful ideas for creating and sewing. I wanted to share some of my favorite works with you guys ūüôā

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Monet’s waterlilies were a calm pool of nature in the middle of my tourist-attraction filled day. It made me want to embroider delicate flower and blossoms while sitting in a lovely Italian garden!

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Though I’m usually not a huge fan of portraiture, Renoir’s paintings made me stop because of the detailing of the clothing! Probably not the best reason for appreciating fine art, but I was struck by how the dresses were airy and light yet substantial at the same time. Maybe that’s the power of impressionism! I know the next dress I make will have to be modeled after one of these paintings.

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And my all time favorite work of the day was Canova’s Cupid and Psyche. It honestly gave me no specific DIY inspiration, but it fill me with a feeling of overwhelming tenderness and love ‚̧

What I felt most as I explored these museums was the love of the artists and the strength behind their works. Whether it was tranquility, desperation, love, or sadness, each work invoked such deep feelings. I think we all have an urge to create, to share something unique with those around us. I can only hope that anything I make is able to convey even a fraction of what I saw in these great works of art!

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