Horsham Artists Art Trail

At the same time as I am showing in a group show in Worcester Cathedral, I am here taking part in the Horsham art trail. Here I am with my quilts in a school near me.

July Sale

I’m holding a summer sale of my work in my shop on Etsy.com. 50% off all wall hangings! Starts tomorrow, 6th July. Find me on Etsy as Myvisionshared, or Vicky Glyn.

Rainbow quilts

I am just begininng of a range of exciting new wall hangings in rainbow colours and with clean modern lines and shapes.  The quilts above which I did a while back were a springboard for the new rainbow colour scheme, but now I am working using cleaner shapes and designs with more white space.

Watch this space for previews of my new range as I go along…….

I am also turning this page into news of my latest work, art and life (which are all connected), rather than the sort of blog posts I was doing previously, which were more contemplative writings about life and spirituality based on a single work of mine each tme.

Treasures of Darkness

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.

Sold a Mountain!

Thrilled to have sold one of my “mountain” series of wall hangings, from my Etsy online shop.  The first of my larger wall hangings to be sold on Etsy (selling on there is really, really hard, by the way, but I am gradually progressing, patience and constant work required).  I was having a nap and my phone went “Kerching!”, the sound it makes when a sale has occurred.  Caught napping by a sale!

I have spent a lot of time living among mountains; for years in Austria, where my family had a chalet for skiing in the winter and walking in the summer.  We used to travel there by train, winding through the high mountain passes.  This quilt above is the view from the train as you come out of the long Arlberg tunnel, in winter.  It feels like the snow and rocks are about to hit into the train windows, they are so close. High snowy peaks, rocky ravines, frozen waterfalls, deep blue shadows in the snow….

I saw the Alps in all seasons, close up.  Years ago now.  But it suddenly came out in my art, decades later.  I unexpectedly did  a series of five quilt wall hangings of mountain landscapes.

Well, that is “Winter”.  I will miss it.  Next mountain quilt, watch this space….

NOT Fifty Shades of Grey!

When we are young we see everything as totally black and white.  Parents, nice teachers, best friends are accepted as perfect.  When later we find ourselves hurt or disappointed by one of them, we suddenly “see through them”, and see them as totally bad, often writing them off altogether. Maybe years later, we can come to terms with both their good and bad parts, accept them more in the round, seeing them more in terms of shades of grey.  Hopefully get back on good terms with them, even if only in memory.

Most of my life I have seen everyone in terms of black or white, baddies or goodies, until about ten years ago, I gradually realised everyone is a mixture.  So I’ve been seeing them as fifty shades of grey….   Hopefully that has made me more tolerant of people’s foibles, less judgemental.

However, now, today, I suddenly realise that people aren’t shades of grey, they are many-coloured, filled with every hue and shade of colour.  Different moods, different facets of them, different sides to them, different phases in their lives, these are all different colours.  Understanding people in colour instead of grey adds vibrancy to my experience of them.

People’s emotions are often described by colours; for example, purple with rage, green with envy, feeling blue, black moods, in the pink, etc etc.

So next time a friend is annoying you, or whatever, think of it in terms of a colour.  Bright orange —  very irritating.  Lime green — interested, enthusiastic.  Pink — up for a cuddle.  Brown — boring on.   Etc etc.  Well at least it will make  relationships with your friends and family a richer more colourful experience!!!

The above quilt by me, made few years back, is called Rainbow Sunset.  But it could be about my new way of seeing life.