This week for Show and Tell Friday, I’m showing off my super neat serigraph called “Modiste” by Mark Coomer. It was love at first sight when I found this at an Estate Sale by Katherine last year.
If you’re like I was, you’re wondering what the heck a “serigraph” is. Freedictionary.com describes it as “a print made using a stencil process in which an image or design is superimposed on a very fine mesh screen and printing ink is squeegeed onto the printing surface through the area of the screen that is not covered by the stencil.” That definition doesn’t help me much either, but basically the word “seri” means silk in Greek, and “graph” means image in Latin, creating the term serigraph, or silk screen printing. Whatever it is, it’s cool, which is what I’m always looking for!
One thing that definitely sets serigraphs apart from most art is that it’s washable! Check out this statement on the back of the art:
Serigraphs were invented in 1949 and still exist today. Mark Coomer’s art is from around the 1950’s, so I’ve got one of the oldest serigraphs.
I haven’t been able to find any information online about this particular picture, but I did look up what “Modiste” means. Freedictionary.com defines it as “One that produces, designs, or deals in women’s fashions.” So looks like I’ve got a piece of art featuring a women’s clothing storefront that’s probably located in France.
The punches of red in the art really go with my decor. I love it! 🙂