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I have a fascination with doors. I think it started when I visited a friends house and they had a print glued to their door of a little girl, with her back faced to me knocking on their door. It was the beginning of my love for doors and for trompe l’oeil art. Wikipedia definition of trompe l’oeil is that it is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects appear in three dimensions.
As a teenager I went to the UK on a family holiday and was captivated by a trompe l’oeil of a violin on a door. Note, common thread is the door! I then fell in love with homes with brightly coloured doors particularly red, yellow, blue and green. I love the look of freshly painted doors and aged patina doors. Of late I was reminded of my door fetish when I saw a door with painted words, a quote on it. I’ve seen doors made into chalkboards for children. Doors turned into art.
Then I was inspired once again this time in Europe, I think it was Paris or Rome (we covered a lot in a short period of time) where I found a painting of Jesus Christ standing at a door without a handle. This piece of Art was illustrating Revelations 3:20 from the bible that says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me”. I love that Jesus doesn’t barge into our lives and hearts, he’s there waiting for us to invite Him in.
The front door to a home, store or community building is the first impression that you get about the people inside. I know whenever I see a coloured door on a building, especially someone’s home I get excited. I love that some people go to the effort to paint their door, it brightens my day!
Trompe l’oeil of hallways, stairs and a wardrobe (so clever) – design-milk.com
I was just thinking about how craft is trending at the moment. A certain market of people tend to be leaning away from mass produced to the crafted handmade industry. I read something along those lines today on twitter (I think)……
Which reminded me of a book about William Morris that my Great Aunt gave me years ago. It was an illustrated biography of William Morris’ life and how he was tired of the industrial revolution with its mass production and went back to producing beautiful hand made textiles, fabrics, rugs and how this started the whole of the Arts and Crafts movement.
There is something special about the return to the simple process that a handmade piece of Art or Craft requires along with the uniqueness and originality that it automatically possesses.
Can I encourage you to make or buy some art or craft. It’s such a great feeling of accomplishment to know that you created something yourself or to have an original handmade item adorning your space
William Morris – Then
William Morris – Now
William Morris – Willow Bough design
William Morris Wallpaper Design 1896
William Morris tiled fireplace
Miss USA Susie Castillo, William Morris inspired gown.