Inspiring ladies!. Georgia Bettoja, (shown on left) I have never met but when I saw the write up on her in World of Interiors April 15 issue , I thought it was a photo of Idarica Gazzoni, ( shown on right who I have corresponded with) because I recognized the wavy textile pattern in the background ( one of her textile prints) which then brought to mind the 'Oh Canada in Lips' painting by Joyce Wieland ( in the middle).
Milan based Georgia Bettoja collects textiles and in a sense paints with them, using them as canvases and appliqueing shapes and colors onto them as she has done here with Gazzoni's Take Flight pattern.
Idaricia Gazzoni is also a mailan based textile artist whose work in steeped in her training as a painter of wallmurals and modern interpreter of Asian textile motifs. I now know what a Suzani pattern is. Her work is bold,new but always with a deference to the beauty of a prior traditon.....
Joyce Weiland is a favourite painter of mine, Canadian and I did have the honour of meeting her at art school and at an art gallery where I worked. This painting is actually rendered with a lipsticked mouth singing our national anthem. She had a great love of textiles and often used quilting and applique techniques. She also had a great sense of humour. At a gallery opening in Toronto - this was in the 70's - one could buy and take whiff of her bespoke perfume called Eau de Beaver!