Crochet

I have been away some time! Exploring something new: the art of Crochet.

I’m incredibly inspired! Particularly by vintage work called Uncinetto, or Croché, traditionally done across Europe, South America and Mexico. I love Filet Crochet, and everything done in cotton particularly in white. Here are some samples in cotton and wool.

White Crown Jewells Square
Popcorn Stitch Square

 

Red cotton Fan stitch
White cotton Filet Crochet

Green Chair

This iPad picture began as a man on a porch playing guitar in a hat. As I drew, it transformed and morphed and ended as a Parisian lady in a sitting room, under the same hat. The chair has a loose cover made of linen. Like in the film ‘The Yellow Rolls-Royce”, the hat remained the same as the owners changed. It’s like a small domestic story of metamorphosis.

Santa Monica 1970

This is work in progress -from a group of boys by the beach in California, way back. iPad drawing. I drew this on 31st January – in the ancient Celtic Calandar that’s Imbolc – when Brigid the goddess of fire is recovering from giving birth to a young boy God. That’s a very old way of saying it’s the beginning of Spring. 

  

  

First Do No Harm – Hydrangea

I painted this on my computer and had it digitally printed with additional glazes. There are cameo portraits and a seal inserted too.

It’s the story of how the Hydrangea plant came to Britain, and its medicinal properties first discovered by the Cherokee. Near the bottom is the Hippocratic seal- which accompanies the Hippocratic oath of around 500 BCE, still in use today: “First do no harm…”

There’s information about Peter Collinson of Pekham who imported rare plants in the C18th  HERE