E. A. Séguy: man of mystery, ahead of his time

 

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E. A. Séguy produced 11 albums of nature-themed illustrations and patterns, drawing inspiration from butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, flowers, foliage, crystals and animals. I’ve always loved his work, but information on the man himself is difficult to find. This is his entire Wikipedia entry:

Eugène Séguy (1890 – 1 June 1985) was a French entomologist who specialised in Diptera. He held a chair of entomology at the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris from 1956 -1960. He was a French man known for his textiles work

Mysterious, right? That last sentence doesn’t even have a period! His biography just trails off, waiting to be finished. Ah well, perhaps he would have wanted it that way. Luckily, we have his eye-popping art deco patterns to keep us satisfied in lieu of his personal history. For an interesting article about his printing process (known as pochoir), check out this blog post by a preservation librarian at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

segu7 seguy10 seguy2 seguy4 seguy3I’ve made some digital collage sheets using his Art Deco patterns for scrapbooking and crafts.

About redbudart

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, just outside of Portland, Oregon. My usual interests are cooking, wine, horticulture, art, and old books, but lately I've been obsessed with saving for a piece of land, so I can practice sustainability and learn to live as close to the land as possible, and then help others to do the same. To relax I listen to Dharma talks. Namaste!
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One Response to E. A. Séguy: man of mystery, ahead of his time

  1. revetro says:

    Séguy! Vibrant and wonderous!

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