South African artist and rug designer, Julia Swanepoel Pepler, recently launched the third instalment of her aerial-photography themed rug collection. The source of the “(re)stitched landscape” collection is rooted in material that Julia collected over many years, including satellite imagery, maps and Googled aerial landscape and city imagery.
“In the vein of an abstract art practice I am intuitively drawn to my source material – aerial maps and photographs. As I deconstruct, dismantle, mix and combine elements from different geographical locations, I end up (re) stitching maps and diverse places together creating a design that is completely detached from any single place,” says Julia.
While a lot of the source material is in black and white, Julia’s choice of colour is influenced by the positive force that colour plays in her own life. Instead of being driven by trends, Julia used colour combinations that motivate and excite her. In this collection, balanced and harmonious tones are juxtaposed with unexpected combinations. The colours are all in contrast to the subject’s natural colours in nature.
The rugs are available from Fine Rugs from R4800 per m².
For more information, contact Fine Rugs on +27 (21) 462 4819 or via www.finerugs.co.za.
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