My latest set of designs for the Stitching Cards web site feature an Art Nouveau style rose. The rose design was influenced by a popular motive of the Glasgow Style known as the ‘Glasgow Rose’.
This cabbage like rose is said to have been adapted from drawings by Aubrey Beardsley by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in the late 1880’s and 90’s. He was a Scottish architect and designer who was an exponent of Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement
The Mackintosh style is characterised by a contrast between strong right angles and floral-inspired decorative motifs with subtle curves such as the rose motif, along with some references to traditional Scottish architecture.
The Glasgow Rose later appeared in the work of English designers of stained glass and furniture.
I originally set out to do one rose stitching pattern but when that design was complete I decided to play with the concept to see what variations I could come up with. The result is a set of six rose designs that are now on sale at the Stitching Cards web site.