England, Karen Fullalove, Natural Elements – Earth
Earth – Two animals best symbolising the earth element in England are the fox and the deer. Both wild, the deer moves so swiftly, dancing and leaping freely over the land, the moves we make in joy. The fox, again a swift mover, lives above and below the surface, sharp and focused but playful too. As creatures of the heaviest element, they do not allow it limit to them.
Earth links to our basic needs of manifestation and security, our fight or flight response. Both the deer and the fox have no natural predators in England and there is a confidence that comes with that although they can easily move on if there is a need.
Symbolism has existed since the earliest discovered Palaeolithic drawings in caves, over 30,000 years ago. These drawings of creatures and geometric forms held important meaning, their purpose being to invoke, empower or announce. With the advent of weaving, these symbols were transferred to cloth.
Women were the embroiderers and used cloth as the basis for their symbolic language. They were the architects of their designs and would use this language to express their individual identity, the identity of their family, their homestead, region, country, and spiritual beliefs. It was one of the ways they supported the emotional wellbeing of their family.
Symbolic embroidery has been performed for thousands of years and the similarity in use and meaning from quite separate cultures is significant – a mystical united verse.
This unique art piece is performed on the loom using ancient techniques. The linen cloth is woven and between each weft (cross thread), coloured wool is hand-threaded to create the picture. It is time consuming but worth the effort, as the result is an embroidery which is raised, yet integral to the cloth. The result is a window into a world which radiates peace, warmth, and beauty. An oasis of calm you can return to each day to feel free.
With this piece you will receive a personal letter explaining the symbolism, design, and history within your picture so you can contemplate and enjoy the ‘united verse’.
Construction - Handwoven on a loom using linen warp and weft with wool used and interwoven between each weft (cross) yarn.
Yarn - Donated wool and linen
Finishing – In the finishing process, the piece is steam pressed and stitched to acid free mountboard to keep the simplicity and integrity of the piece. It is framed in Birchwood.
Care - As with watercolours, it is recommended to hang away from direct sunlight to protect the colours.
Dimensions 66cm x 53cm x 3.2cm
Delivery time - 4 weeks