I follow the blogs of several artist's who inspire me. Alice Fox is one of my favorites. She is a young British woman who describes her artwork as a response to the landscape and natural world. Stitch, Print, Weave.
Imagine my surprise and delight when she announced in a recent post that she has an exhibition currently hanging in Le Mans, less than an hour down the road. Quelle opportunité!
Rick and I wasted no time in organizing a day around visiting Le Mans and taking in Alice's show.
The exhibition is at Parc Monod in a part of Le Mans we were unfamiliar with. It is hanging in an old military building which happens to have decaying walls that look as if they had just reached the perfect point of disintegration to complement and harmonize with Alice's work.
Alice describes her process as walking through landscape and allowing her eyes to roam. She collects shells, leaves and other objects that she fancies and then takes them to her studio to add something to them. She makes delicate little embroideries inside shells and nuts as well as creating natural colors and patterns by eco-printing and rust dying.
The way she puts these bits and pieces together is pure design.
There is a kind of mystery and surprise to the work.
Alice has written several books. I ordered this one when I got home. I can't wait to learn more about her process.
Besides the pleasure of the exhibition, it turned out to be one of the most beautiful days I can remember. The sky was deep turquoise, the shimmering leaves lazily twirled through the warm air as we walked along the paths in the Park. A perfect day. Poetry.