The picture below is the earliest memory I have of a velvet painting. This hung in my grandmother's living room for all the years she lived in that house. Thank you to my parents who dug up this photo for the blog. They said that they think they either sold it for basically nothing at my grandmother's estate sale or it was thrown into the trash. They said that it smelled of smoke which was provided by all the years my grandmother smoked in her house. I have fond memories of gazing up at it as a child. I believe it was actually blue velvet versus the more commonly used black velvet canvas'.
Dave and I were out weeks ago up to our usual thrifting antics and I came across this velvet work of art.
My very first reaction was I love the moonlighted cherry blossom tree. I'm guessing this is Vietnamese rice fielding scene. A family busy at work, even into the night. This was likely made in Mexico and sold as a souvenir anywhere between the 1950's and 1990's. Well for $4.00 it was going to be my thrifting souvenir.
I threw myself into research mode, which is pretty normal for me, when I got home wanting to know more about this painting and I came across this awesome video of this couple that once owned the "Velveteria" which was private collection of thousands of velvet masterpieces.
The museum was located in Portland, Oregon. I read that the couple closed the museum a few years back to relocate to Los Angeles and I haven't been able to find anything more about where they may have now opened shop. I would love to add that to my field trip wish list. Do you own any velvet masterpieces? How many do you own? What are they of?
Till' Next Time,