Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Secret Garden
Do you remember falling in love with certain books when you were a child? For me, there were many - Black Beauty, Anne of Green Gables, Comanche, and just about all of the Little Golden Books series. But, perhaps my most favorite book of all was The Secret Garden. I first discovered it when I was in about the 4th grade or so. I remember checking it out from our school library over and over again. For me, it was a magical book. I think it was one of the first books I read where I remember really feeling like I was there. I could pick up that book and escape into a beautiful, magical garden. I often pretended that I was Mary. After all, I had thin, straggly, blonde hair and I often felt lonely and unloved. I, too, found solace in nature. Still do. This book struck a deep chord in me as a young adolescent, and it still does today. I read it again in the autumn of last year, and I knew that I wanted to create something to honor my nearly life long love of this wonderful story. I began poking around on the internet and found this wonderful version of the story illustrated by Inga Moore.
As you can see, her illustrations are simply stunning. So, the plan is to create a series of embroideries inspired by this beautiful version of one of my all time favorite books. I know that I won't be able to "duplicate" the detail and richness of Inga Moore's illustrations, but they will serve as my guide and inspiration. I have already begun the first one.
I decided to start with the hidden gate that leads to the secret garden. It was always a very magical part of the story for me, and seemed a logical place to begin. I did lots of research on garden gates, and settled on this design.
Overall, I'm satisfied with how it's looking so far. I intend for this to be a very long term project. I want to make a series of embroideries depicting different elements from the book that have the most personal meaning for me, and that I feel I can comfortably execute given my skill level.
I fully expect to be working on this series for a very long time. I often find myself floundering around in between projects wondering what to do and where to go next. This project will be sort of an anchor for me. Something I can always go back to when I need something to stitch. Unlike all my other projects, I will not be in any hurry to complete this one. It will be an ongoing project sort of always running in the background. I absolutely hate that lost feeling I get when a project is completed, and I have no idea what I'm going to do next. Hopefully, with this project, I won't have that feeling for a long, long, long time!
Well, the sun is up now, and the woods are calling, so I'm off to strap on my hiking shoes and take a long walk. With all the hours of stitching I have ahead of me, I need to get plenty of exercise to balance out all the hours of sitting!
Happy weekend everyone :)