'Textiles -The Art of Mankind' by Mary Schoeser
published by Thames and Hudson
One of those glorious art books that
make you salivate as you turn each luscious page.
That make you dream of making something that might one day
be worthy of a book such as this.
Then out of the blue it happens!
Yes nestled in the glossy pages of this stunning book
is a detail of my 'Tea Party' and I took the photo too!
I am feeling very humble at this moment
as all the works that share the pages of this book are breath taking.
It is strange that there is no picture of the head dress
as I think that is the best part.
The first inspiration for this piece
came when I was away at a Textile Forum in Orange
and a wonderful textile artist Svea Bjornsson
was wearing a beanie that set my imagination on fire
and I asked her if she would mind if I ran with the idea.
Here is a pick of her in her beanie
that inspire the most creativity.
When I saw Svea in this hat, my heart did a little leap.
Today I will share with you (very briefly)
a private place in my heart.
Only because this piece should be credited
to the people who inspired it.
It is not something I talk about often
as it is a place of sadness and vulnerability
and I don't like to dwell on the sad parts in life too much.
I have a son who struggles deeply with mental illness.
The poor darling has been in hospital for two and a half years.
As a family we all ache for him to be well.
So this piece was for him.
Along with the trauma and complexity of mental illness
there is also a childlike simplicity that causes the patient
to become deeply lost in a story or fantasy world,
similar to a child in the midst of a role play game
but my son's fantasy world never goes away completely.
I think he is very brave to cope daily with such a disability.
I try to keep reminding myself of how wonderful he was
before he became sick and I keep visiting him
with all the happiness and love that I can give him.
Always hoping that one day there will be a cure.
So if it wasn't for
* My dear son
* Svea's lovely beanie
This costume would never have happened.
and a big thank you to
Janet De Boer
for letting me know that there was a call for submissions
from Thames and Hudson