Sally’s Creative Journey . . . creating the Bahama Needlepoint Canvas
Sally began painting needlepoint canvases while in college studying fine arts. After enjoying a successful career as a textile designer in the home furnishings industry, Sally recently turned her talents again toward her love of needlepoint. With two books to her credit, she is determined to pursue her dreams, to revive her own business as well as the needlepoint industry. Sally is currently working on creating new designs and reaching out to a broader market.
Like all creative endeavors, Sally’s journey is a multi-step, often exciting . . . sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding process.
Drawing from her deep appreciation of fine arts, as well as a broad base of knowledge and experience, Sally most often finds inspiration for her needlepoint canvases from more than one source.
As a true artist always searching for inspiration, she finds her creative spark from the works of fine artists, international motifs, traditional designs and the pop-art trending today. For this piece, she was first drawn to a weaving by a noted Bauhaus designer Gunta Stolzl.
- Stolzl, born in 1897 in Munich as Adelgunde Stolzl, became a noted weaver and educator, earning recognition as the first female “Jungmeister” (Young Master) of the Bauhaus’ Weaving Workshop in 1927. Three years later, she issued the first Bauhaus diplomas in weaving.
- After working for many years, showing fabrics for coverings, curtains and upholstery, Stolzl retired in 1968
- but continued to weave tapestries. She had a solo exhibition at the Bauhaus-Archive in Berlin in 1976-77. She died in 1983.
Sally was attracted to the sharp lines and the interplay of shapes in the textile, but the colors dancing in her head were far different from Stolzl’s piece. Sally saw the playful pinks, blues and greens of the textiles designed by the likes of Pucci instead.
- Emilio Pucci was a famous Italian fashion designer and politician, born in 1914. He is best known for his geometric prints and kaleidoscope of colors. After designing the Reed College ski team uniforms, he became famous for his use of stretch fabrics in 1947. His fashions are considered the iconic imagery of the 60s and 70s, and were worn by famous movie stars and socialites. After his death in 1992, his daughter took over his design business continuing to market his distinct designs in ready to wear clothing and accessories.
Now comes the hard part . . . the melding of the two very different concepts into something entirely new. In the days before computers, everything was done by hand, making progress step by step. Today, Sally is able to use both hand skills and technology to move the design along.
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Sally Corey Designs
Sally Corey Designs has truthfully been a life long venture.
Having been a fine arts major with an interest in painting, Sally began painting needlepoint canvases in her early twenties while still in college. She was drawn to the color and feel of the canvas, and the way the fibers brought the design to life.
Her life took a bit of a different path, however, when she entered the home furnishing industry as a textile designer. After enjoying a successful career for many years, she has now returned to her first love of needlepoint designing after the textile industry in the US waned.
With two books to her credit, today she spends her time creating hand stitch-painted designs that engage today’s needlepointers, as well as those who simply enjoy fine artwork.
Her love of fine arts is still present in everything she does. She draws inspiration from artists like Charles Cobelle and Juan Gris, as well as from international motifs, traditional designs and the pop-art trending today.
Her images are full of energy, and are a joy to stitch because of her artistic approach as well as her painting style.
Using a very detailed, articulated method, she carefully paints each needlepoint design with a constant eye on the fibers and stitches that will make the painted canvas take on a three dimensionality. This enables stitchers to easily follow her design, even while using their own fibers, colors and stitch patterns.
Although she often creates canvases to be finished as pillows or wall hangings (12.5 x 5.75), she truly can adapt many designs to fit different dimensions and mesh sizes.