Sunday, June 06, 2010

Lynn Read Treats Us With Bargello Murrini

Interior designer Jason Ball over on Facebook said "Lynn Read has a showing at Vetri in Seattle." He accompanied his update with pictures of Read's work at First Thursday. I was struck by the unusual designs and creativity of his work and wanted more information.

Lynn Read's website says:
My recent series of murrini vessels is called Bargello. This body of work, glass is an exploration of patterns inspired by Florentine textiles. This Florentine embroidery is loosely referred to as Bargello style. The style typically has bold color and strong graphics. These patterns are both retro and contemporary. I use the murrini to embellish the surface and create shapes that balance the complexity of pattern with clean and minimalistic lines. The shapes are very intentional and illustrate my interest in design and the craftsmanship of execution.
Right away I wanted a definition of "murrini" and "Bargello."

Murrini - is an Italian word meaning colored glass patterns made by Venetian glass makers. This video shows how one glass factory makes patterned glass:

Bargello - "is a type of needlepoint embroidery consisting of upright flat stitches laid in a mathematical pattern to create motifs. The name originates from a series of chairs found in the Bargello palace in Florence, which have a "flame stitch" pattern."

Thanks Jason!

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