Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Plant Life

Spring is just around the corner and life is showing signs of returning. I seem to have a bigger show of flowers in my small front garden now then later in the Spring the Vibernam smells wonderful, winter jasmine and  witch hazel are blooming and even the snowdrops are beginning to peak out with a little white and I have even heard news that in some areas primroses are beginning to show. Flowers come with their own stories. as described in a letter of thanks from a recent commission made in memory of the new owner's mother, Each Little Bird and Flower

 'My parents appreciated the simple things in life and had to work hard. They enjoyed the countryside and their garden. Mum loved her flowers and especially primroses, which she would take to my Dad when he became ill. She grieved deeply for him for the rest of her life, and sought comfort in things like the blackbird which would look from the shed roof into the kitchen, calling to her until she fed him. Mum’s favourite hymn was “All things bright and beautiful” 

 It is no surprise that our favourite childhood hymns or remembered poems celebrate the Spring season as we await for it to arrive.  These changes will feature in new works being created for exhibition in Europe next year including a guest  show at the 20th anniversary European Patchwork Meeting. Updates will be on my blog soon.

Plantlife has produced a 40 page booklet celebrating a highly successful public participation textile art project involving people from across the UK telling stories of their favourite wildflowers.
Patchwork Meadow

 Patchwork Meadow Cover small   
Detailed below is a page from the book marking a diversity of creative approach one of my favourites is Blackberry Thief by Ilene Sterns the page also includes my Hackney Marsh Edges

Tolpuddle Martyrs Tree by Nigel Costley, Tolpuddle Martyrs Trust is a reminder that flora  has a place in cultural memory, myth and literature as well as marking our seasons and landscape.

It was under the sycamore tree in the village of Tolpuddle in the 1830's where farm workers discussed how to form a trade union to defend their meagre wages from further cuts. The tree has become a symbol for democracy and the right for people to join together in unions.

I continue to mark the changes in my local area and beyond in new works and  being made for exhibitions in Europe later in the year. Tea Flora Tales will also be moving on so please contact me if you would like to make a piece to add to this growing collaboration. Below are some Australian pieces and collected scraps.