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Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Intricate patterns of interlacing branches, treetops, shape and density of the foliage create a special tree architecture. This very architecture has become the main inspiration for the British textile artist Lesley Richmond. She spends some time with her camera in the forest, fully absorbed in communication with the giants of the vegetable world – trees. Most of the trees in the winter lose their leaves and reveal to her the mystery of their fate. Curlicue trunks and branches are able to tell Lesley Richmond, an experienced observer, about the most important stages of the tree life, tell about the conditions in which the tree grows. For Lesley Richmond every detail is important, nothing remains unnoticed. All she has to do after observation – to document the details with a camera, then transfer images onto textile by printing them on cloth; next important step – eliminate the selected background areas, and finally, paint with metal patinas and pigments.

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Cornwall, England born artist Lesley Richmond now lives in Canadian Vancouver. She graduated from Art Teachers Training college in London, then continued her studying in the USA. Later Lesley Richmond taught textile art at University in Vancouver. At the same time she continued her creative work in her art studio, where she now works full time.

Moonlight Mandala

Moonlight Mandala

Botanists, as well as psychologists have noticed that some silhouettes of trees bring us delight, while others, conversely, inhibit, increasing sense of unease and anxiety.

Skyline Moonlight. Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Skyline Moonlight. Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Different silhouettes of woody plants create the shape of their crowns. In its interesting irregular, sprawling form, which is found in some species of oaks, elms, willows, Scots pine, white mulberry and others.

In addition to spreading form a number of tree species has a natural clear geometric crown, and there are some laws that apply to painting and architecture.

Skyline Moonlight detail

Skyline Moonlight detail

Trees with drooping branches – weeping form, create an image of complete passivity, having a shade of sadness. It is a calming factor directing emotions towards the minor and retaining volitional impulses. However, they may have a negative impact, prolonging the depression in the melancholic and phlegmatic people.

Forest Glow. Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Forest Glow. Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

Umbrella form of the trees has a calming effect, the form creates an image to protect and safeguard person under its crown.

The conical or pyramidal shape of the trees has the dynamics of striving upwards and affect the human depressing, keeping feelings of depression and melancholy. However, such forms have positive affect on dreamy people, philosophers who are inclined to solitude and reflection on the meaning of life.

Distant Forest

Distant Forest

Crowns, for example, in the art of bonsai – a defining moment, a form of “stem branching” is closely linked to some concepts in our mind. As this point, what is laid in a man – yet little known.

Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

White Forest

White Forest

Night Forest On Grey

Night Forest On Grey

Night Forest On Grey

Night Forest On Grey. Lesley Richmond Textile Trees

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