Saturday, 4 August 2012

Horses and cushions ...

 I've been working on a couple of pieces that I wanted to share.

I remember my father taking me to see the white horse of Uffington when I was quite little. Carved into the side of a hill and visible from miles away it is an experience that has stayed with me ever since. One of the most ancient of the hill figures found in England, the white horse probably dates back some 3,000 years. Nobody really knows what it stands for (or indeed if it is really a horse at all and not some other animal). This not-knowing regarding its purpose does not detract in any way from its beauty and grandeur.   I remember being completely awe struck when I understood the scale of it and I also remember wondering what motivated the people who came together to create it. Was it fear, an appeasement or gesture of faith?  

Without careful maintenance the white horse of Uffington quickly disappears from view as nature reasserts itself and this is the narrative behind this piece.  

The brass horse of my necklace, and its accompanying cluster of bits and pieces, are not as they were - once bright and shiny they are now aged and flaking but still I think beautiful.  Caught between new and old the items are preserved. But, left to the ravages of time they would have disappeared completely.

I've noticed that my pieces seem to have lots of colour or no color. And so to this:

I am still completely obsessed with using little textile cushions as a base for embellishments.  This one uses a vintage sari scrap and some gold trim.  I like the fact that the fabric is a little bit tatty and frayed (bit like me really).

Lastly, judging by your comments quite a few of you are not, stating it mildly, fans of Facebook.  Far be it from me to defend this bastion of bad grammar and mundane status updates I do think Facebook's powers can be used for good rather than evil!!  An example to illustrate - Facebook is an excellent way to link people who would otherwise be socially isolated for mutual/peer support and friendship.  Facebook's relatively straightforward interface makes it a better option for those that are not quite so computer literate or who may be intimidated by other online options or who, for one reason or another, are unable to get out and about and, if not for the internet, would be rather disconnected.  Also individual pages are a little different than pages for organisations/businesses. The latter tend to be much less ...well, teenage.    And I have to say Quisnam's Facebook page has connected me with some really really lovely people.  It's definitely different than blogging but, as I said in my last post, horses for courses.

'til next time.


  1. The white horse is awe-inspiring - really makes me wonder - to create something that can only be appreciated from a viewpoint that those that made it didn't have... or did they?
    Your work is also inspiring - both pieces, each in their own special way...

  2. I've always loved that horse and there's also the Cerne Abbas Giant, he's the one with the giant sausage! Loving the layering in your work and those little cushions are a joy. I'll link up on facebook, but it's a pain that it's my personal page because although I've got a business page FB doesn't allow me to be my business!

    1. There is some grainy old super 8mm film of me somewhere that was taken at the Giant I believe. Thanks for the 'like'. You can use facebook as your business I think - the option is under the Home button on the top right.

  3. wonderful new work...always moving forward.

    yes, facebook can be good...I belong to one group that is hooking me up with some
    swell people...

  4. I didn't know this white horse inscribed in the landscape... amazing! and I like very much your horse necklace

  5. Love your necklace and your textile work!
    Author Sir Terry Pratchett incorporates the Horse as well as the Giant into his stories, where the Horse is called 'not a horse, but what a horse IS.' He writes about them being cleaned up every year on special days, with the virgins and unmarried women having the privilege of cleaning the Giant's 'sausage.' Ha! xoxo Juliette

    1. Ha ha. My favorite book when I was young was Alan Garner's Weirdstone of Brisingamen. I don't have a copy anymore sadly but I really should get one as I think my daughter might like it. I haven't read any Terry Pratchett but I've gone one on my ipad ready and waiting.