During the 3 years I spent living and travelling in Europe and the UK I took many photographs of beautiful scenery but I also discovered many lovely details. Patterns from the wall paper in our bathroom in the flat in Edinburgh, the remnant of old wallpaper that wasn’t papered over because a phone was mounted to the wall, a new phone installed revealing this floral delight. The sketched buildings of a German town on the paper bag that my postcards came in or the pattern on a book found in an old shed on a farm in East Sussex. These are little prizes you find when you travel, you bring them home as keepsakes, take them out and look at them from time to time and remember where you were when you found them, the atmosphere of the day, the weather, the sense of place comes back to you. In turn the images of the landscape you travelled through is imbued with such memories, what you were doing that day, new places discovered, treasures uncovered. European Memoirs is about bringing these two elements together in one work, the detail of a place stitched into the landscape in which it was discovered.
The winters in Scotland are long, cold and colourless, each day is experienced in a range of greys and browns. The trees and shrubs are asleep and the plants have retreated to the safety of the ground. This work expresses the longing of one has for colour, for leaves, for flowers, for new growth for any sign that the winter is over and new life will once again return.
Embroidery in miniature that you can wear as a necklace or a brooch. These little gems are hand stitched onto mini photos or backgrounds and mounted in mini hoops that can be worn as necklaces or brooches. These can be bought at the Little Beehive Coop at 123 Hardy Street, Nelson, New Zealand. Or you can contact me directly to place an order from the contact page. The mini hoops come from Dandelyne in Melbourne, Australia who sources FSC wood to make them from.