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“I have recently finished a textile piece that I am entering into a competition. The competition, set up by the European Textile Network, is on the theme of The Garden of Eden. I was looking for a new project and I was particularly attracted to the theme. I re-read the stories of the Garden of Eden and was particularly drawn to the part where Adam and Eve were hiding from God after they realised they were naked.
‘They heard the sound of Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves among the trees of the garden’ Genesis 3.8.
Creating the piece rather like a theatre set or diorama was a challenge but I hoped it would enhance the feeling of a story evolving or a scene in a play. After reading the Genesis stories I had ideas of what to include in the garden, and tried to represent different forms of life. I included large and small mammals, a bird of paradise, fish, insects, the snake, various plants and trees including the apple and fig trees. There is a hint of gold in the distance and a river flowing out of the garden. I used a deep wooden frame and built the piece around this using silk fabric remnants mostly from Japanese kimonos. The technique included applique and free motion machine embroidery along with hand embroidery.
My Piece ‘Hiding from God’ has been accepted for the exhibition and I will be attending the European Textile Network conference at the end of July. Garden of Eden Textile Exhibition Neuhaus Castle, Neuhaus an der Donau, 4114 St. Martin im Mühlkreis Austria which runs from July 17 – August 4, 2019.”