Thursday, August 1, 2019

Burle Marx

I had never heard of Burle Marx when my bee-mate, Silvia/A Stranger View, announced July's Bee Sewcial prompt: Burle Marx, Brazialian Modernisn, and Banana Trees. He was a painter and a landscape architect, and he wore many other hats, as well as being a Brazialian like Silvia. Instantly, though, I was glad to have been introduced to his work, and found recreating some of his trademark design elements positively captivating.

Silvia had provided a pin board full of inspiration, as well as a Marx-inspired palette - white, black, oche/sienna/rust and, if desired, small pops of forest or emerald green and/or royal blue. I found myself especially drawn to the way Marx used line, and my fabric 'sketches' reflect several of those elements.

Considering I was stymied from beginning my block until nearly the end of the month, once I got started I enjoyed it SO much, and really didn't want to stop. But I'm pleased where I ended up, and I'm sending the block untrimmed, about 24" by 12-15", on its way, thinking I may need to explore with these forms again on another day.

Want to know more? Here's an interesting article about Burle Marx and his impact on tropical landscaping and more.


  1. It's so interesting how each of you in the Bee Sewial group find and choose your inspiration. It's to good to hear how this design engaged you. There's nothing like being captivated by a design or color combo to make you create something wonderful. And this certainly is. I'm sure Silvia will be delighted to receive it.

  2. I’d never heard of him until now either. How fun to explore and your block is great. I know she’ll love it

  3. What an interesting theme - yet again. It is always inspiring what you and your group mates up up with :)

  4. What a prompt! What a gorgeous block! I've never seen or heard of Burle Marx and I'm very happy that Silvia enlightened us all! I might say this with every prompt...but this is going to be an amazing quilt!

  5. Fun to learn about a new artist. Love your interpretation of his work.