Portobello Suzani by Nora McMillen Burke

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Portobello Suzani

Nora McMillen Burke

Watercolor and gold leaf on canvas

30” x 30”  

Wooden floater frame 


Inspired by an Afghan Suzani I found at Portobello Rd. in London. Traditionally made my nomads as a dowery collection, these embroideries are gorgeously geometric and sometimes incorporate modern symbols like the teapot repeated in this image. The gold leaf has been sanded to depict the aged look of discovered treasure.


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Get to Know the Austin Artist:

Nora McMillen Burke is an Austin based visual artist and educator who draws influence from her background in textile design and her love of folk art. Born in Austin, TX, Nora studied Textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology before establishing a career in Art Education. She worked as a teaching artist for various NYC and Austin museums before she began focusing on painting and teaching process-based art camps and workshops from her studio in 2012. Nora works primarily with watercolors and more recently oils, often combining marbling and dying techniques, to explore the interaction of multiple processes on paper and canvas. Nora is inspired by archetypal symbolism and researching common design motifs found throughout global textiles.  Her work explores symmetry and highlights the common imagery that connects textile traditions from diverse cultures.


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