My house is overflowing with homemade artwork – mine, my daughter Daisy’s, work by friends and small pieces picked up at artists open houses. We have very little commercial art, not because I don’t like it but because I either can’t afford it or lack the space for it. But every piece made by myself, by friends or by Daisy, reminds me of someone or some time – when it was made, the person who made it, the time (hour, day or year) it was made. Each piece is personal and irreplaceable. Some time in the near future (not this week because Tony is decorating and the house is in uproar) I’m going to take some photos and post them here on this blog, but for now you’ll have to make do with a sketch of one of them.
Daisy has made some wonderful 3D objects at school. This is my favourite, made in wood technology classes. She used my favourite motif, a hare in a moon to create a clockwork scene. There is a handle on the right-hand side of the box, invisible in this sketch: when you turn it both the hare in the moon and the shooting star move up and down against the background of the starry night sky. All the coloured pieces are made by covering wood with strips of fabric which we had hand-dyed at home for fun during a summer holiday. I don’t often use colour in my drawings – because I’m not very skilful with it – but I thought this drawing would make so much more sense with some colour.