I was poking around doing some research on the Maryland Toile we found the other day, and came across a whole underground movement of subversive toiles.
Richard Saja of Historically Inaccurate , is the leader of the pack. I wrote about meeting him about a year and a half ago, here. Saja embroiders the toiles to change the story to something a little darker and less happy.
Here’s another artist’s before and after, with a power line, an upside-down grocery card, a bottle of booze and a milk bottle floating in the water.
Another artist has taken to colouring in the pictures with neon-bright high-lighters. Then there are the toiles from Timorous Beasties depicting the darker side of the Glasgow slums and some of London’s less attractive sections. Another one, that’s not really subversive is the Toile d’Iowa. All very clever and such a departure from the traditional designs!