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<a href='http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/969948-my-home-town-by-whimzwhirled' title = 'My Home Town by whimzwhirled on Spoonflower - custom fabric'><img src='http://s3.amazonaws.com/spoonflower/public/design_thumbnails/0096/9948/rst.louismyhome_shop_preview.png' alt='My Home Town'/></a>
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30 years I've worked as a fine artist, scenic artist and prop master and have enjoyed working for many major theme parks and movie studios. Now retired, I've always wanted to work with my own cloth designs. Now I will
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St. Louis is associated with one thing that is universally recognizable to people everywhere and that is the Saarinen sculpture, The Gateway Arch. As
St. Louis is associated with one thing that is universally recognizable to people everywhere and that is the Saarinen sculpture, The Gateway Arch. As a child we got to watch this happen. Each week we would go and see the progression and it was a special day when the last piece was put in place. Here are some wiki stats as well on our beloved riverside sculpture, standing tall and proud on the mighty Mississippi. The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet (192 m), it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States, Missouri's tallest accessible building, and the largest architectural structure designed as a weighted or flattened catenary arch.
The arch is located at the site of St. Louis' foundation, on the west bank of the Mississippi River where Pierre LaclÃ¨de, just after noon on February 14, 1764, told his aide, Auguste Chouteau, to build a city.
The Gateway Arch was designed by Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen and structural engineer Hannskarl Bandel in 1947. Construction began on February 12, 1963, and ended on October 28, 1965,costing US$13 million at the time (approximately $90,500,000 today. The monument opened to the public on June 10, 1967.
There is another thing St. Louis is well known for and that is the rich Jazz and Blues culture that sprang up here and continues to this day. St. Louis was home to many great musicians, most of which we have lost only recently. The great Chuck Berry called St. Louis his home as well as Ike from Ike and Tina Turner. Benny Smith, James Crutchfield, Scott Joplin, WC Handy who wrote the popular "St. Louis Blues",Miles Davis to name a few. More recently and modern though much influenced by our city are Erin Bode and Nellie. I have to give a shout out to all the awesome musical talent that still overflows the St. Louis Streets on a regular basis here. You asked for it. lol here is my entry and I hope you love it and enjoy reading about my Home Town. I did take some artistic liberties to modernize this fabric from a traditional toile de jouy design but I wanted to do a fabric I personally would have use for.
toile de jouy (654),
st louis (13),
mississippi river (7),
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I'm so impressed that you noticed that Rhonda! The two different size stripes to give a sense of movement was intended to feel like the flow of the Mississippi but I can see now it that they serve a duel purpose. I appreciate your pointing that out and stopping in. The fates put me in this town and for the most part she has been good to me. I lived here all my life except for a 6 month attempt to live in Houston. I fell in love with Houston's art scene in the mid 90's when participating in their famous Spring festival Art Car Parade. I would encourage any artist who has never been to put it on their bucket list of things to do. Time magazine once listed it as one of the top ten parties in the world and I can see why. We do a pretty huge Mardi Gras here in the Lou. I have paraded my art car all around the country. She's gone now, but she carried me for 14 years and opened a lot of doors to me.
Posted over 4 years ago.
The background pattern creates an impression of musical rhythms ... very appropriate for this blue city-scape of St Louis!
Thanks for stopping by Su, It is showing up fine now. After I put it up for sale I realized I didn't have enough striped space between the two sides to allow for seems and reworked it. I wonder if you tried to view it while I was working on it. And I can't believe you have never heard of the Arch before. lol
The first thing I think of is St Louis blues... the sculpture was new to me. Great write up and design. Was not showing properly from your Shop 'new' page - maybe just needs to be re-saved or reloaded.
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