Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Daniel Arts Center - McConnell Theater
"Richard Saja is an accomplished artist whose work involves embroidering quirky, brightly coloured patterns on old traditional French toile. Saja transforms historic, rather bland, 18th century figures by embellishing them with Maori face tattoos and clown outfits. One might even find a mohawked Victorian lady dressed as punk-rocker. His original, one-off creations, have landed him partnerships to create designs for some of the biggest retailers in the fashion world: Opening Ceremony and Bloomingdales, among them. His designs feature reguarly on his blog, Historically Inaccurate." -Cheyenne Tulsa for LostAtEMinor.com.
Read the full article here.
After first attending the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to study surface design, he devoted his studies to the great books of Western Civilization at St Johns College in Santa Fe, NM and received a BA as a math and philosophy major. After a brief stint working as an art director on Madison Avenue, all his interests coalesced and a small design firm, Historically Inaccurate Decorative Arts, was born in the early aughts.
Though he occasionally feels the need to explore avenues of expression beyond that of the needle, the majority of Saja's work focuses on creating "interferences" of the formal patterns of french toile through embroidery.
He has exhibited internationally with shows in New York, Paris, Berlin, and the National Museum of Embroidery in South Korea. Most recently, his work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Toile de Jouy Museum in Josas, France.
His embroidered toile is in the permanent collections of the Shelburne Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art.