When asked what inspires me ….. I’m usually stumped! I have no idea – ‘Inspiration’ just comes! Lights in a storm, a necessity you end up designing as, if you can’t find it, others might be looking for the very same thing, a wisp of an idea that preys on your mind till you get it down on paper? I don’t know, everything everywhere! As my husband says, how you have 500 photographs of the sky and only one of a person?! Well, that’s what interests me, the light through the clouds, as its falls on leaves. The effect of the rain….back to lights in a storm! Not a botanist’s daughter for nothing!!
The natural beauty in Australia was amazing, I did take thousands of photographs, here’s one of the colours of the bark of eucalyptus trees.
A year or so later I designed these scarves, reminiscent of the Australian Eucalyptus Tree bark, they were very appropriate for a Leonardo da Vinci Machines exhibition a few years ago, as they were just the right colour combination. So who knows, what ends up where, and why?
The other day as I went out, the heavens opened. I stood under a tree impatiently waiting for the cloud-burst to cease, till I looked down and this is what I saw….
Textile designs are easier to process into a product for me, as its what I was taught. Certainly not as daunting as the first silverware design, which alas, is no longer part of the Tiffinware Collection – it was an oval teaspoon. I thought long and hard about balance, as the beads are heavy and of course would tip the spoon out of a bowl if you weren’t careful!
When my prototype arrived it was wonderful everything was just right, I quickly threaded the beads on and stood back to admire it…… that was the beginning of a beautiful friendship and a long journey and …….. we always come back to spoons!
What inspires you?