Most mornings I like to start the day by centering myself. I do this by looking at my feelings and trying to identify them. I don’t always want to and it’s not always easy, but if I manage it, I find that my energy flows better.
Sometimes feelings and thoughts provoke a journey that provides inspiration for creative work, and they additionally resonate with themes that seem to emerge through the day. I really like to try to understand what these ‘signs’ are representing in my life.
The last few days have brought up many references to the light and power of the sun. Unfortunately I can’t say that this has been encouraged by the weather, which has not been so great!
However it so happens that today is Mayday also known as Beltane, which is a Celtic fire festival. The word ‘Beltane’ combines ‘Bel’ the name of a Celtic God, meaning ‘bright one’ and ‘teine’ which is a Celtic word for ‘fire’.
Beltane is a celebration of the beginning of the brighter part of the year. It is also a festival which celebrates procreation, sexuality and the reproductive energies of the earth, now fully reawakened after the winter.
I decided to continue using the heart as a metaphor for emotion, and this time with the intent to evoke the spirit of abundance of Beltane, and what it may symbolise for us internally.
‘Flora’ is the name of a Roman fertility goddess and as her name suggests, is a goddess of flowers. Also known as the ‘May Queen’, she has significance in pagan rituals at this time of year. The festival of Beltane is flamboyantly characterised by the wearing of flowers and this has also inspired my decision to make a heart shaped from textile blossoms.
I also like the idea of a heart that ‘blooms’ in response to warmth, much as the rays of the sun are vital for the opening of flowers.
I decided to work on folded satin fabric which I felt suggested enclosure of something secret, as in an envelope or folded piece of paper. I like the sense of mystery and the way that the heart of textile petals is viewed as a symbol or embellishment for something else unseen.