Another cloth work from the family legacy series (see previous post). It’s a digital print of a page of my Grandmother’s dieting diary with appliquéd flowers taken from her painting, free machine stitch, and many pearl buttons (some of my ancestors were buttonmakers). This is my favourite piece as it makes me smile in remembrance of my nan’s quirky ways. Nan was a serial dieter and kept notebooks filled with her daily calorie count. Trouble was, she loved baking and had a fondness for a daily tipple, so cake and scotch make a regular appearance in her notes. I can hear her laughing now at how ludicrous dieting was/is & I wonder what happened March 5th when she had cake, scotch, and gin! She lived to 98 though, so she did a fab job of taking care of herself.
This is the wonder of art: that it can capture all that love, life, fun, and energy into something that makes the viewer smile with joy. I often say art is love, and for me that’s where my work comes from: love for family, friends, nature, the planet, and this crazy ride we call life. I keep looking at nan’s words - “start again” - and thinking how that’s really what life comes down to, a series of “start again” moments. I’m at a point in my life where I’m wondering what comes next for me. To receive this ancestral wisdom through my art is a salve - I’ll just “start again.”💛 - 10 hours ago