I was invited to contribute to annual Sappi calendar for 2018 through a South African agency. The theme for the calendar was innovation and ‘oneness’. To me this speaks of connection.
I embroidered this portrait from a black and white photograph of one of my favourite humans. Working off the black and white photo allows the image to inspire the colours palette. The thread of the flowers with a planned line crossed into the portrait and blended together, show that we are all connected through the growth of nature. I called this piece ‘Kallyno’. This is Greek for beauty; To sweep clean. It is where the name for the flower Calluna comes from, commonly known as Heather, the same name as the subject of this portrait. Symbolizing admiration and good luck, Heather is also believed have protective powers.