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.

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.

New Beginnings

This quilt is called “Incandescence” because it looks like masses of light and flames bursting out from the centre.  But it could also be called “In the Beginning, God….”,  the first few words of the Bible.  That is because it looks like a self-starting, outward-moving design, constantly giving forth, growing, creating.   And a totally new beginning.

I’ve just finished moving house.  Exhausting!  (and apologies for no new postings for a while).  I had definitely accumulated too much stuff over the years. Had to throw out a whole lot of things representing long past lives, projects never completed or even started, souvenirs, even going  back to childhood. Things I hadn’t been able to let go before.  A sad and thoughtful process….    But now I have a new beginning in my new home, which I am thrilled with.  Actually, it isn’t my real home, it is a mobile home parked permanently very near the sea, a summer home, but I love it.  I am doing it all up, and it is all new!

I hope to do loads of creative work there.  New beginnings energize me, make me full of hope.

But new beginnings can be deceptive, too.  For some reason we think that just by moving, new job, new home, new school, new relationship, we will avoid all our issues and problems, and become an all new, much better person instantly…..   We think that with this new start, we will instantly be cured of addictions, bad habits, bad temper, bad ways of treating people, or whatever the problem has been in the past home, job, school, relationship etc…..   But sadly, we soon find we are relapsing back into the same bad ways in our new start.  We need to be realistic, and work away at all these issues, one at a time maybe, over a longish period of time, and with any necessary help, not expect instant geographic cures.

Nevertheless, a new beginning can be a real kick-starter, on any of these problems, and real encourager to get going and make yourself and your life go better.  To grow outward, be creative, touch other people’s lives in a good way, to be “incandescent”, but not with rage, with light and energy.

So I can’t wait to get out there, walk by the sea, make the new curtains for my new home, start a new sketchbook,  plan a new series of quilts, etc…!

Rags to Riches

This quilt is made from scraps of old shirts, dresses, pyjamas, etc., what some might consider rags, and I have made them into a colourful quilt using a design called the kaleidoscope.  it is a favourite of mine, though some people consider it too complicated  and messy.  Like people!  We can be complicated and messy, colourful, and made up of  lots of different bits and pieces of experiences, memories, things we have learnt, inherited, skills, faults etc.

In my series of quilts on the theme of money, this represents those who come from nothing and get rich through sheer hard work and skilful use of every opportunity.  While I was making it, the piles of pieces and half made blocks looked like a messy nothing, like some of our efforts in life might seem, but when finished it looks like a rich tapestry– the rich tapestry of life, to use a cliché.

While I was making this quilt, I had a strange experience.  It was going slowly;  I was working on the blue and grey blocks, and I was finding it difficult, un-inspired. Time was running out before my show, and this was the last quilt to get finished.  And then I got some bad news about a relative who was ill, and I became doubly anxious and stressed.  But surprisingly, the effect on the quilt was that it suddenly became alive, exciting, full of movement and colour!  I was very amazed.  My relative recovered, my show was a success, and someone even understood all this from looking at this quilt!  I haven’t been able to part with this quilt, it has a lot of personal meaning for me now, and it hangs in my living room. It reminds of  hope out of anguish, a meaningful design out of bits and pieces.  Not to give up.