Saturday, August 30, 2008
Illustration Friday topic: Memories
Brandi Carlile's song, The Story says "...these stories don't mean anything when you've got no-one to tell them to...". I guess you, and all viewers of my work are the ones my stories are for. All of my work is story-driven. Much of it is memory driven.
This tapestry, "The Big Green Chair", was based on my memory of my parents reading to us as children. It includes images from stories I remember so clearly. Below is the tiny 2x3" contact photo I based the tapestry on. I also remember the drapes very clearly and I loved weaving them! My brother once went behind the sofa and cut a large hole in those drapes. Scissor practice, I guess. He somehow survived. My family had the big green chair ( a really hideous piece of furniture) for a long time. They still had it when I got married... another memory of it is my now-husband sitting and waiting for me when he came to pick me up for dates. As you can see, it was large and cozy; it easily held an adult and several children.
"The Big Green Chair" is just one of five Heritage Series Tapestries, all about family memories. They, and their separate stories, can be seen on my website here.