As is so often the case, the garden provides the inspiration for my textile design. It never fails to amaze me how much change takes place, creating a complex and intriguing storyline woven through the turning of the year.
In very early spring there is the need for hope and faith, when the ground is still hard and the air stil speckled with frost. Then the excitement of potential as the sudden appearance of bright green shoots that emerge through the earth, reassure that although hidden, ‘life’ has not been extinguished after all.
As Spring burgeons, there is a glorious display of verdancy and colour, especially exhibited by trees now in blossom. Infact I usually find most inspiration from petals that fall, and start to wrinkle and dry, at the end of summer as the colours intensify.
This year I am attracted to the grouping of delicate new flowers, which together form abundant textures of soft femininity, suggestive of ruffles and flounces characterising summer ball gown dresses in fairy tales. It is just prettiness in excess! But it can be really lovely to appreciate colours, shapes and patterns that scintillate the sight and seem to celebrate the increasing warmth of the sunshine.