I have always loved the work of Violet Oakley. The drawing is superb. Strong. Accurate. The paintings inspired.
Violet had an extraordinary life. A book by Alice A. Carter, The Red Rose Girls: An Uncommon Story of Art and Love, explores the shared lives of Jessie Willcox Smith, Elizabeth Shippen Green, and Violet first at the Red Rose Inn and later with Henrietta Cozens at Cogslea near Philadelphia. It is an excellent read.
Did the Red Rose Girls, as they were known, have a Boston Marriage? No one will ever know for sure. But their living arrangement did foster a climate of extreme creativity…each woman following the call of her Muse.
Our assignment at The Art Center’s Collage Class I was a part of was to create a “woven” collage. We were to use paper and objects and weave them together as you would a carpet.
It is a conventional piece. The substrate is canvas. In addition to the photo of Violet, I used handmade paper, art paper, ribbon, joss paper, a letter written by Violet, and pressed rose petals.
The lives of the Red Rose Girls were woven together through the love of art and each other. Violet’s life and work inspired me to create my own tapestry.