Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Snakes in the grass
We spent the day yesterday through in the west of Scotland with friends. They took us to a little travelling quilt exhibition. The quilts were all on Celtic themes and were astonishingly varied and impressive. This one was my favourite. The colours aren't quite right on my little phone camera - they were brighter than they look here (not to say more in focus).
It was very simple in a way - just strips mainly of green, with beautifully realistic dandelions, poppies, daisies, forget-me-nots and purple clover appliquéd or embroidered on top. I really love it.
When I say "simple" I mean that in relative terms. Not simple as in something that I could ever aspire to.
I did wonder what the brown things were and then I read the label. They're snakes, representing the snakes that St Columba is said to have driven out from the island of Iona. While I might have thought the hanging even prettier (or at least less snakey) without them, they do fulfil the Celtic requirement and also, I suppose, provide a design element (she said vaguely, not sure what she really means).
The lettering on this one was beautiful.
I can't remember what the swans had to do with anything but I'd be quite happy to have this one on my wall as well. The lady at the museum where they were displayed did say that they might be for sale if we "made an offer" but I think it would have to be a rather enormous offer.
And then we went to a café and ate cakes while looking out over the Clyde.
Don't you think this photo looks a bit like a painting by some Impressionist whose name eludes me? Or maybe one of the Scottish colourists. Apart from the cars, of course. It's something about the blocky colours and the table and the flowers and the light. Facing the other way, I could have taken a picture of our almost-demolished cakes but this wouldn't have been so pretty.
(Sorry about the funny font sizes. It's all because the only way I know how to put acute accents in is to type "cafe" in a Word document - Word puts the accent in - and then copy and paste the e acute into the blog. Blogger doesn't like this. I shouldn't be such a pedant.)