and back again
winnie-the-pooh would completely understand
i think you will too... perhaps...
a highlight for me, of our recent trip to the uk, was the history... history of art, of architecture, of us, of me
making sense of the world you live in is far easier when you can understand a little of what came before, what mattered then and how it might have led to what matters now
wandering through these venerated buildings gave me goosebumps, from sitting through even-song in the cathedral of carlisle, to wandering the ancient halls of yorkminster
to several happy hours spent both within and without salisbury cathedral
snatching fleeting memories from the corners of my mind... memories of western civilisation class in grade twelve, and wishing more than anything that i had paid a tiny bit more attention
the class was based on the bbc's thirteen part series by kenneth clark
the history of western european civilisation... art, architecture, music, the reformation and the restoration etc.
in salisbury, browsing through a wonderful independent book store i found this book...
i couldn't put it down... this wonderful book but i finally had to - i had spent my spending money and my suitcases were packed to the gunnels - marc was already carrying my scotch so there was no sympathy there... and he had already had to leave behind a book he dearly wanted...
"finding the few"
you know the famous quote by churchill after the battle of britain, "never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few..."?
this book was about the search for the raf pilots that were shot down over britain that were never found
so - as i said, no sympathy for my struggle on this one
come december, as we were discussing christmas and how our trip was really all the gift we needed, we decided to see if our books were available on amazon... we could then order them both and wrap the box when it came in - our gift to each other
and so they are ours after all
beautiful, beautiful pictures, inspiring me in all directions - colour, line, shading, mood - especially mood
and while i was looking through it i was reminded again of my high school class
five minutes later i was watching episode one on youtube
the internet is indeed a wonderful thing
i am enjoying looking at these programs again - finding i remember more than i thought - laughing over what i'd forgotten, amazed at how i remember some of the scenes as clearly as if i was still wandering the halls in my jeans and running shoes...
yesterday as i was organizing my silks and laces and linens, along with all the paraphernalia for my frost queen project, i stumbled upon some sketches i had made during that same high school class
they weren't for a project or assignment, rather, they were doodles that for some reason or other i decided to work on during the airing of each episode
the architecture truly amazed me... not surprising, as i grew up in the youngest place in canada, and our oldest building was a log church that at the time was not yet 80 years old
these aren't great renditions, but i really can't draw well at all so to me they're pretty stunning
i've decided that i'll work them into my john lewis ledger of inspiration, to keep them safe
and in the funny way the world works sometimes, after browsing through a book store for the better part of an hour this morning, finding nothing at all to tempt me, as i made my way to the door, i spied this
talk about a "how to" book!
but oh, the drawings...
i was back in high school, back in england, back in my sewing room, back and forth and round-about, ideas, and images and inspiration flying from the pages and swirling white, round and round...
quilting designs, applique patterns, stitcheries, sketches
architecture as art, art as architecture
a true treasure trove at 19.99
and somehow or other it's all coming together in the quilt i have lately begun - my diamond quilt
my very own diamond jubilee
as i let the ideas percolate, i keep basting diamonds
i've done nearly 48 so far - plum-coloured and grey
time to think about the other colours - sage green, soft gold?
thinking about composition too
stained glass windows?
i'm not sure yet - for now i'll keep basting... tomorrow i start sketching and painting
then comes stitch sampling
because you know there will be embroidery
there is always embroidery...