'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.
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.