For as long as I have known her, Maureen Radcliffe George has loved water and everything that is Aquarius. She is a strong swimmer, and at every opportunity we lived on the water’s edge in Florida and California. Now, the best we have is the Ballston pond, but the Potomac River is nearby.
Maureen is mixed media artist. Her first desire in life after fine arts was to be a fashion designer. She is a terrific seamstress and has made clothing throughout her life. She knows some lost arts too, such as tatting. Sometimes tatting has shown up in her monoprints.
“Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops.”
She has made a number of monoprints featuring swimmers and accessories that go along with that such as flippers and swim suits. One monoprint is “Stefen doing the breaststroke.” That print is 60” long by 22” high that was produced in two matching parts. It is boldly expressive.
There are various versions of “Molly, the swimmer.” One is a dark blue “Molly” that appears deeply sophisticated.
Because Maureen’s work is monoprints, there are no two alike.
Now, this morning, she was on the iPad and came running in to share a fashion show video of work by Andrea Incontri.
“Andrea Incontri Spring/Summer 2014 | Milan Fashion Week MFW FashionTV”
Incontri’s fashions feature images similar to Maureen’s monoprints. The idea to translate Maureen’s prints into cloth and clothing hasn’t escaped her. A venturesome patron may well inquire about that direction and possibility.
See a sample of Maureen Radcliffe George’s work at Stifel & Capra with her show opening “FirstFriday” October 4, 2013 at 5 p.m. There will be a reception and things to eat and drink. Her work will be there during October.
Stifel & Capra
260 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046