Today’s art work is not by me, although I have indirectly contributed to it. It is needlework made by my dad. He has always liked building things, but in the last few years he has got into needlework too. So when he is not busy with woodwork or picking mushrooms and berries at his cottage in Lapland (a few hours north of the Arctic Circle), he creates textile art. Some of them are Finnish woolen rugs that come as a kit, like the one he created for me, and others are entirely his own designs.
This needlework piece was inspired by an art exhibition he saw, by a Finnish author and artist Rosa Liksom. I gave him some yarns from my stash for it, whatever colours happened to be available at the time (my dad is a very strong believer in creating things from materials that you have to hand, rather than going out and buying everything new). Many of the yarns were dyed by me – the reds and pinks for example, were from my madder and brazilwood experiments.
I really love this piece of work. It’s a classic composition of course, but the colouring and the technique he has chosen make it unique. The palette you get from natural dyes work very well with the subject matter, as they have a particular soft warmth to them. They really glow in this work.
And the technique he has chosen – using cross stitch with woollen yarn, in a relatively limited range of colour tones – doesn’t allow very fine detail, but I think it is a strength in this work. It has allowed him to create a simple and strong colour block effect, removing any distracting details and making the composition stand out stronger.
A real piece of inspiration!