This title is from the Bible, Isaiah Chapter 45 verse 3, where God says: “I will give you the treasures of darkness and riches hidden in secret places.” When thing seem really bad, in the middle of the night, or when we are going through a really dark patch in our lives, God is still there. if we can somehow manage to turn our thoughts to him in these bad times, he will show us glimmers of hope, shining aspects of himself, teach us amazing lessons about life, ourselves, Him, which we wouldn’t have learnt in our normal happy life.
I’ve been in some dark places in my life. Even now, I can fall back down there quite quickly. But now I have a reminder system for these times, to remember God and that there are treasures to be found even in darkness.
This quilt has many different black fabrics in it, also cobwebs. But it also has lots of gold and silver, shining glints of diamonds and other precious gems, rings, etc. A mixture of finding treasure down in the cellar, or gems down a mine. The design is deliberately complex and mysterious, as these moments of darkness are often a bit of a confused time. Not exactly a work one would want to have in the living room, but for me it is all part of the complex business of life, the dark side and the colourful side.
I’ve just shown this quilt in a group show of the Christian Arts Society, in Worcester Cathedral. The show was a success, and I was thrilled to be showing in a big cathedral.