Studio: international art — 50.1910

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The Glasgow School of Embroidery

ONE-HALF OF AN EMBROIDERED TABLE MAT

DESIGNED AND EXECUTED BY BESSIE F. MAITLAND

staircase, or serve on a casement curtain; they
may illustrate some subtle idea in a delicate
combination of colours, or show the simplest line
design in such a novel scheme as black-and-
white, and emerald-green. In any case they will
be arresting because of simplicity of treatment
and freshness of colouring, two essential features
in all modern decorative art, faithfully rendered.
The contrast between the
needlework of the Vic-
torian era and that of to-
day is simply the differ-
ence in the spirit of the
times. Then Art slum-
bered, material was unin-
teresting, colour crude,
and the decorative idea
unintelligent. Now,

Science and Art go hand-
in-hand, to the making
of beautiful fabrics there
is no end, all the charm-
ing colours of every
garden are offered to the
artist, while the consum-
mate skill of the craft-
worker is ever ready to
put the choicest idea into
execution. A hundred
technicalities enter into
the production of the
simplest fabric, and the
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scientific lore of the
chemist goes to making
it beautiful in colour.

The needle-worker has
a sympathetic basis on
which to construct the
latest idea in embroidery;
it generally takes the
simplest form, suggested
mayhap by a garden or
wayside flower, in which
the chief charm lies in
the skilful distribution
of colour. Some authori-
ties say that we move in
cycles, and that a decora-
tive idea repeats itself
within a certain period.
It must puzzle those to
account for the modern
renaissance, for, unlike
that of the sixteenth cen-
tury, there is no authority for it; it is not founded
on tradition, and has no resemblance to any style
that preceded it. The new embroidery is common
in this respect with the oldest arts; it takes the
every-day things of life, and by a simple indivi-
dualistic process seeks to make them beautiful as
well as useful. This principle runs through all the
teaching of the child, over which Miss Macbeth

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DESIGNED AND EXECUTED BY BESSIE F. MAITLAND
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