A pair of magnificent Chinese screens are the backdrop for garments from the legendary Chinese inspired Yves Saint Laurent fall collection of 1977 which are among the fashions featured in the exhibition” China Through the Looking Glass” at the Metropolitan Museum.
The color is worn away in areas but one can still make out the cranes,lotus,phoenix and other symbols which are said to be “auspicious” in Chinese art. Thought it might be fun to create a boxy plaid design with the image.
I think the above result would make a cool pillow cover
Finally I chose to break things up by incorporating the silhouette of branching tree peonies which symbolize Honor and Nobility.
This last interpretation may be a far cry from the original screen inspiration. But that is part of the fun of being a visual artist.
Till Next time,Bill