Spirals, it seems, are a universal symbol & are represented in all our creative practices & although we each diversified our media for this exhibition, interestingly, we chose to create our spirals in what could be regarded as our 'signature media & technique'.
For Isla the tree ferns welcomed her to Aotearoa their unfurling fronds of promise representing 'a forest of new beginnings'. Her own spirals appear as natural fibres spun on to a wire base which hang connected loosely enough to move gently in a breeze. She describes spirals as the 'perfect expression of perpetual movement, in which life both changes & stays the same'.
For Hugh the symbol has come to represent 'listening to the Land' & his is a double spiral, a continuous path without a beginning or an end, carved into the natural surface of 2 very different stones. One a large floor based piece & one smaller mountain shaped piece. Both have come home & now lie in our landscape.
For me I have chosen to represent the natural cycle as a spiral to allow for the passage of time inherent in the cycle. The spiral is a galaxy - at any one time both enormous & minute. I have woven muka through cotton thread to create these forms.
The first visitor to our gallery this morning was a man we met about 15 years ago, not long after we had bought the land we live on, and he came as the Taranaki representative of the QEII National Trust.
He asked us if we would consider placing the bush remnants on the property under a QE2 covenant. He explained what that meant, why that might appropriate & how the process worked should we decide to do it.
I don’t remember everything he said but I do remember his gentle manner, his passion & his enthusiasm for preservation and restoration of New Zealand native bush remnants on the Taranaki ring plain.
Long story short; there is now a covenant on our property which will stay on the title in perpetuity. With that covenant comes conditions & responsibilities of care that we are happy to undertake.
Subsequent to meeting him we have met some of the most wonderful people in our part of Taranaki - all of whom go about their lives & their conservation work in a quiet, gentle & consistent manner which is evidenced by the positive impact of what they do.
This post is about abundance & approaching life with an open heart, believing in the future.
It’s also about gratitude for those we have met along the way who have shared, unstintingly, their passion & enthusiasm for this important kaupapa.
It's about those who work quietly & consistently, encouraging & assisting others to make positive change in their small corner of their world.
It’s about shared values.
It's about the child-like delight which comes with every discovery.
It's about the joy of birdsong & finding seedlings of plants which are meant to be here.
It's about love & laughter & life.
My IG account is currently throwing a wobbly & every time I try to upload photos it crashes.
Such a shame - & also mind bendingly frustrating.
I had decided, because this is last week of our exhibition, I would post every day a little montage of the different sections.
Not earth shatteringly superb photos or any such thing, as ultimately I hope we will create a catalogue, just a few pics to give you a feel of how it looks however
no such thing is possible !
so I'll pop a few galleries here in the blog instead . . .
Hi, I'm Sally
I'm a fibre artist who loves botanicals - especially NZ native plants