Wednesday, February 21, 2007

A Velvet Affinity

Italian textile designer, Mirella Spinella, has been producing glorious hand-painted and block-printed silk velvets from her Venice studio or over 30 years. Originally a painter, she moved into theater design and eventually found her niche with textile production.

Shown (from top): Ramage 2 and Giotto 1

From her workshop in the heart of the city, Spinella creates a wide variety of patterns and motifs, inspired by the history and unabashed beauty of the art and architecture that surrounds her. Textiles can be purchased as yardage, finished hangings, or pillows (greyhound and unicorn examples are below).

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