Textile fragment, French 18th Century Yellow Flowering Vine

$1,600
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment, French 18th Century Yellow Flowering Vine
pigment dispersion, collage with cotton, paper mounted on panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment, Blue Flowers and Seed Pods with Gold Leaf Border

$1,600
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment, Blue Flowers and Seed Pods with Gold Leaf Border
pigment dispersion, collage with cotton, paper mounted on panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment, Swaying Tree

SOLD
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment, Swaying Tree
pigment dispersion on cotton mounted on linen panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment, Cypress Trees

SOLD
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment, Cypress Trees
pigment dispersion on cotton mounted on linen panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment with Blue Circles and Flower

$1,600
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment with Blue Circles and Flower
pigment dispersion on myrobalan dyed linen, mounted on panel, 7x8"

Textile fragment with Carmine Flower Sprig

$1,600
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment with Carmine Flower Sprig
pigment dispersion on myrobalan dyed linen, mounted on panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment, French 18th Century Blue Flowering Vine

SOLD
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment, French 18th Century Blue Flowering Vine
pigment dispersion on myrobalan dyed linen, mounted on panel, 8x6"

Textile fragment with Band of White and Blue Diagonal Flowers

$1,600
Antonia Munroe
Textile fragment with Band of White and Blue Diagonal Flowers
pigment dispersion on myrobalan dyed linen, mounted on panel, 8x6"

Tapestry #1: indigo, carmine, delft blue

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #1: indigo, carmine, delft blue
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #2: indigo, carmine, Indian yellow

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #2: indigo, carmine, Indian yellow
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #3: carmine, indigo, delft blue

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Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #3: carmine, indigo, delft blue
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #4: teal, carmine, Indian yellow

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #4: teal, carmine, Indian yellow
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #5: carmine, teal

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #5: carmine, teal
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #6: teal, carmine, delft blue

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #6: teal, carmine, delft blue
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #7: cutch, carmine, delft blue

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #7: cutch, carmine, delft blue
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"

Tapestry #8: cutch, carmine, delft blue

$600
Antonia Munroe
Tapestry #8: cutch, carmine, delft blue
natural linen with hand-stenciled print paste, 26x38"


Bio

Antonia Munroe is inspired by the 16th and 17th century Mughal artists who began to record the natural world with a focus on scientific observation. Having studied Indian miniature painting in Rajasthan, Munroe remains faithful to the traditional techniques used by these artists; binding ground pure pigment and using brushes from the underside hair of a squirrel’s tail. Munroe’s enduring fascination with block printed textiles inspire her original series of painted textile fragments.

Textile Fragment Paintings and Tapestries

These eight small paintings are inspired by textile fragments such as one might see in a museum collection of 11th century Indian block-printed fabric or in a little book of 18th century French gouache studies for wall paper. The influences are wide-ranging and speak of the past, disappearing cultures and techniques, dyes and pigments that have been in use for thousands of years.

Since 2014, I have traveled to Rajasthan, India to study the technique of Indian miniature painting. In keeping with the traditional process, I use hand-ground pigment dispersions which I mix with a binder to create gouache, the original medium used by 17th century Mughal painters. While paintings of this period were typically on paper, I paint on panels. Some of the panels are mounted with linen that I dye with myrobalan, a beautiful natural dye which yields a soft parchment colored ground. Other panels are collaged with graph papers, gold leaf, and fine Indian handwoven cotton which is painted with pure pigment mixed with clay. The surfaces are sanded to a smooth, marble-like finish before I begin the actual painting, using delicate brushes I bring back from India.

I have always loved textiles and the stories behind them. The eight tapestries are inspired mostly from ancient cloth fragments from Gujarat, India. I design and cut the stencils, and mix the print paste in colors that are reminiscent of the natural dye palettes: Indigo, Cutch, Indian yellow, Delft blue and Carmine. The compositions are rather unplanned but follow traditional block printed patterns, with wide bands along the borders and lyrical motifs grounding the central areas. The paintings and the tapestries are intertwined.

-Antonia Munroe, Camden, Maine, August 2021