Inspired by Gaudí

Inspired by Gaudí

For those who know me, know very well how much a fanatic I am of the brilliant Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudí. So much so, I passionately shared my enthusiasm with visitors from all over the world while living in Barcelona. I had the serendipitous opportunity to be a Gaudí tour guide where I lived and breathed everything about the architect. As all-consuming as it sounds, I can unequivocally say that I never tire of his masterpieces.

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Rooftop of La Pedrera

Take for example the elaborate structures adorning the roof of La Pedrera as seen above. Those function as chimneys, sculptured artfully, creating an interesting rooftop terrace for the tenants to share space and mingle. It is an example of how Gaudí is architecting a space that has a physical and social presence. As a further dimension, Gaudí was deeply religious so his designs created a spiritual imprint as well. It is most obviously noted in his masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia, the expiatory temple that is taking more than 100 years to construct. It is a structure glorifying nature and God.

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The massive pillars stretching out to the sky creates a forest-like canopy in the interior, with an impressive height of over 60 meters. It is a brilliant display of architecture and nature intertwined, where the structural skeleton of nature is the driving force to understanding and designing modern architecture. His designs are absolutely fascinating.
It is of no surprise that I have created designs passionately inspired by the Gaudí's works of art. One of my silkpaintings came about after a visit inside La Sagrada Familia, one of the many times that I have been there. I remember that day clearly, as my eyes welled up with the organ music filling the space. Goosebumps surfaced as I looked around at his masterpiece and was transported into another world. And then there was this light, this very magical light, streaming through the stained glass windows from above. This magical light was casting vibrant colors on the floor, with rainbows dancing across the massive pillars. His genius design was being showcased by the glow of the afternoon sun. It was absolutely breathtaking. La Sagrada Familia is truly a structure to experience. I came home, inspired, and began painting, allowing the color to flow across the silk with the same fluidity of the cascading light in the church.

Silkpainting Stainglass

Fragments of this silk painting has become the basis of a collection of textile designs, Gaudií inspired, of course.

Stainglass Collection

Kaleidoscope was the first, not only of this collection, it was the first design I did after returning to St. Croix from Barcelona to start Debbie Sun Design Studio. It has a very special place in my heart as it reflects the many layers and complexities of aligning bits and pieces into something harmonious. Apropro to the artist journey.

Pavers is called just that as a nod to the pavers that Gaudí designed on the vibrant main street of Barcelona, Passieg de Gracia.

Overlapping is derived from the same stainglass silkpainting alluding to circular forms created with the interplay of layers and transparencies.

Criss Crossing is yet another interpretation, intersecting the circular stainglass of the original silkpainting with a linear approach. The details of the silk painting stands out against the white background.
I love that this one silk painting has inspired four distinctive textile designs ...thus far. I am continually inspired with the infinite ways of integrating silk paintings, photography and a multitude of artist ways to create unique textile designs. Many thanks to Gaudí for inspiring my journey of textile designs with much, much more to come.

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