The upper pond, on our terrace, is a sound-scape as well as a visual stimulus, as the water falls into the lower pond. By it we sit on beautiful days enjoying its calm presence, gazing across the Menai Strait to Snowdonia beyond. The ponds did not exist before we made them – now they are special habitats and reward us for our work.
The main image is fractured and rendered in solid fabrics: the sheers, by comparison, are used in response to the shimmering movement of water and its translucence.
Based on information taken from the book ‘The Celtic Wisdom of Trees’ by Jane Gifford, about the tree associated with my birth date – the Elder. The associations are dark, with reminders of ‘death’ and ‘the inevitable’, witches hide in their trunks and the wood will not burn well: associated colours are dark green and black! However it isn’t all bad news – the tree has healing properties and it provided elder flowers to make cordial or champagne. The berries also make a good natural dye with alum and salt used as mordants.
Cotton and silk fabrics and silk floss – some dyed: machine piecing, applique, free-machine quilting and hand beading.