Modonna, commonly know as "Madonna of the Street", was originally a painting created by Robert Ferruzzi (1854-1934). The story goes that during the late 1800's, Italian painter Robert Ferruzzi saw a beautiful little girl walking the streets of Venice. It was very cold and the girl was seen wrapped in a cloak and holding a small child to her breast. The painter was intrigued by this image and apprached the girl and asked her to moldel for him. The girl was identified as 11-year-old Angelina Cian. The child was her 1-year-old brother Giovanni (Little Mother).
Although not originally painted as a religious picture, this painting was later popularized as an image of the Virgin Mary holding her infant son, and has become the most...
My parents owned a hand-textile business. Weaving Fiber Art had been a part of my life since I was a young girl in Vietnam. I remember weaving, threading, and spinning the thread on a bobbin, and then placing them in the shuttle for my parents to weave in the Jacquard Loom. I would have to make hundreds of these per day. I remember watching my father create beautiful silk fabrics decorated with flowers, while wishing to one day, be able to become that talented.
In my early years, we had no electricity, so there was no television or radio to entertain us. I would hang around the local craft shops to watch and learn about sewing, knitting, embroideries, and other crafts. I then, as I do now, tried to continue the Oriental...
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