The Brick Stitch, with its bold clean lines, is a perfect choice for this Swinging Sixties FREE ‘OP ART’ Cushion design, called ‘Sixties Illusions'.
The cushion was designed and stitched exclusively for my THIRTEENTH FREE VIVA ZIVA ! Newsletter #1313.
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What were the Swinging Sixties?
It was a youth-oriented phenomenon that emphasised the new and modern.
It was a period of optimism and hedonism, cultural revolution and political change.
It was a period of relaxation of some social taboos especially relating to racism and sexism.
There are so many words that conjure up images of this cultural and social revolution of the 1960’s…… psychedelic, make love not war, hippies, Carnaby Street, Mary Quant, Twiggy, Andy Warhol, flower power, go-go dancers, peaceniks , miniskirts, the Beatles…..
Yes …Times they are a-changin’.
What about the Art Scene, man?
Pop Art presented imagery from youth-driven popular culture such as advertising, news, comic books, magazines, movie stars, etc.
The concept of pop art
refers not as much to the art itself as to the liberlisation of cultural
attitudes that led to it
Product labeling and logos figure prominently in the imagery chosen by pop artists, like in the ‘Campbell's Soup Can’ labels, by Andy Warhol.
Op Art, also known as optical art, is a style of visual art that makes use of optical illusions.
Optical art is a method of painting concerning the interaction between illusion and picture plane, between understanding and seeing.
The paintings give the impression of movement, hidden images, flashing and vibration, patterns, or alternatively, of swelling or warping.
For example Vasarely's painting, ‘Zebras’ is made up entirely of curvilinearblack and white stripes that are not contained by contour lines.
An amazing example of an optical illusion involving vibration,movement and three-dimensional pattern.
The Brick Stitch, with its clean crisp edges, helped me create several optical illusions in this OP ART cushion design!
WHAT OPTICAL ILLUSIONS DO YOU SEE?
· The right side of the central 3D cube appears to float on the dark background BUT the left side appears to be sitting on the horizontal stripes.
· The central cube appears to be cut out with a dark square at the back of it BUT the dark square also appears to be the top of a smaller 3D cube with brightly coloured diagonal striped sides…and the larger cube has disappeared!
KEEP LOOKING AT IT..... YOUR EYES WILL SOON START SWITCHING FROM ONE ILLUSION TO THE OTHER!
THE BENEFITS OF THE BRICK STITCH WITH THIS DESIGN
I turned the brick stitch horizontally with the horizontal stripes in order to emphasize the movement of the design.
Likewise, its strong lines and flexibility enabled me to use it vertically and diagonally to strengthen the interaction between illusion and the picture plane.
With one square measuring 6" (15cm), I stitched it 3 more times to create an OP ART cushion at 12" (30cm) square.
The design takes on a different illusion, with each square interacting and vibrating with the one beside it!
Perfect RETRO LOOK for contemporary spaces with bold modern colours!
OP ART becomes NEEDLEPOINT ART!
Frame one square or several squares of this op art design for a truly bold piece of needlepoint art!
...OR make a dynamic rectangular cushion with 6 squares!
Full instructions and chart on how to create this ‘Sixties’ Illusions’ design, are included in the next VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter.
What’s also in the Newsletter:
· The thirteenth VIVA ZIVA! Newsletter updates you about my recent painted canvases and the new designs I’ve recently added to the ZIVA Collection.
· A chart and instructions on how to do the BRICK STITCH
· Needlepoint chart of the ‘Square in the Sixties ’ Op Art cushion design.
· A list of readily available yarn colours and the size and type of canvas to purchase.
· I also answer your FAQs and more!
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