I ask myself: Are you a Nabi?




The Work Table, 1926, 1937, oil on canvas. 

Pierre Bonnard, 1867-1947, French.

  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC





My work desk with wrist-rest and mug -rests of Ahmedabadi hand block cotton and vintage crewel work







Mug mat, Indian and Chinese silk remnants






3 Quilts of vintage Indian and English silk which I made to soften the blows of the enervating news on the small screen when I am at my desk 



Quilt of old Indian sari silk 1 2012

Quilt of old Indian sari silk 2012






A mask against the god-virus for when I am blue and have to go out





Vintage William Morris cotton print and Indian cotton tie and dye.





Mask for the run-up to the American general elections, 2020. 

Lots of  spinning words out there. 

West African mud-dyed cotton and vintage American 70s cotton




Old textiles I am working at my desk;

sewn down on old  white damask tablecloths which people throw out like there is no tomorrow


to preserve the fabrics a little longer

and to make a memory curtain for the great pleasure







Vintage English silk, Indian cottons, vintage Liberty of London cotton print, worked with silk thread on cotton






A very fine old 20-inch English cross stitch set inside a square French cotton embroidered  tea table covering.  Completed by hand-embroidery at the top to match the French roses.







Silk remnants from Lahore and Ahmedabad worked with silk thread

The sun in winter





An old American tea table cloth over-embroidered with cotton applique and silk embroidery






Applique and other embroidery on an old American cotton tea table cloth






Embellished silk remnants from Lahore and Ahmedabad sewn down on silk with silk thread







Old netting, lacework and tatting and Indian silk sewn down with silk thread





The answer being no: merely a distant admirer of the Nabi without the courage and skill and unable to grow a beard. 

Especially a red beard.



Some members of the French group called the Nabi




Hommage to Cézanne , 1900, oil on canvas.  Maurice Denis. 

Musée d’Orsay from whose website this image made by Hervé Lewandowski for the musuem.

The painting in this painting is by Paul Cézanne which had been owned by Paul Gaugin.


The Symbolist painter Odilon Redon, the focus of attention on the far left.  Paul Sérusier, the founder of the Nabi in the center talking to Redon. 

Left to right at the back: Edouard Vuillard, the critic Andre Mellerio wearing a top hat, Ambroise Vollard behind the easel, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Pierre Bonnard with a pipe.

  Marthe Denis, the wife of Maurice Denis, on the far right.










7 thoughts on “I ask myself: Are you a Nabi?

  1. This is fascinating and I shall return to it for inspection on many occasions. Your own work certainly qualifies you to belong to this unusual school of crafts-painters/artists! I particularly enjoyed looking at your applique work on the American cloth. However, the Liberty and Indian materials are their usual magic.

    1. There were no women, alas, among the Nabi. Just too bad because their particular view would have been interesting!
      Thanks for looking. I hope you recognized your gifts of the English cross stitch and the gold on white handblock from Lahore!


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