Literally translated from French as ‘rebirth’ and most famously known as the historical period of transition in Europe from medieval to modern times, the ‘Renaissance’ began in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science.
On 24th June I woke to the news that the UK had voted to leave the EU. Political arguments aside, I was quite stunned by the notion of living in an isolated UK. Having lived in France for a couple of years, I feel I reacted more negatively than most. I took Eddie, our dog, out for a quiet, contemplative walk and returned to the studio to find the positives. Renaissance was the outcome – a hand knotted wool and silk rug composed of butterflies and periwinkles.
Butterflies are widely considered the most emblematic of animals with many charming associations. They are often associated with allegories of transformation and change and provide a source of luck and stability during times of upheaval, rebirth and renewal. They also bring a sense of playfulness and lightness.
What is there not to love about the Periwinkle flower? From its happy, bright petal shape to its stunning deep hues of pink or blue that adorn their head. Periwinkles are one of the earliest symbols of immortality. The modern interpretation of this suggests we reach out for new friendships and let them blossom while fondly remembering the past. Hold on to the things you cherish for as long as possible. Reach your full potential and achieve your dreams. 🙂
The Stages of Development
Step 1 – Yarn Dyeing. Hues of cactus flower, harvest gold, dragonfly blue…
Step 2 – Knotting. Renaissance on the loom…. 3ft 6″ complete, almost half way…
Step 3 – Embossing…or carving
Step 4 – Washing…rather difficult to watch!
Step 5 – Shaping…gently realigned into shape….all 8ft x 11f