Love Love Love

Here’s to love in all its forms … including labours of love and I love this labour so much!

I recently completed this big red heart sculpture for Orb Hair at New Farm in celebration of Valentine’s Day this year.

The work was inspired by … my recent travels to Japan; some beautiful fabrics I came across on my travels; geometry (of spheres and hearts), ‘the legend of the red string of Japan’ and the very organic, fragile and oh so complex nature of our human hearts and relationships.

I used paper and polystyrene balls, different red tones of cotton linen, many many floristry pins, red wool, fishing line and doll needles to construct the work. The cotton linen drapes beautifully and when wrapped around the spheres, resembles another symbol of Valentine’s Day in red roses (either budding or in full bloom depending on the quantity of fabric at the ‘top’ of each sphere). I alternated between ‘tops’ and ‘bottoms’ of these little wrapped red parcels being visible on either side of the installation and appropriately, too, also the sphere ‘bottoms’ somewhat resemble foiled chocolates! So, an abundance of Valentine’s Day symbolism!

The afternoon sun on the day I hung the heart rendered photography a little challenging but I did my best and may upload a few more from another angle soon.

So, happy Valentine’s Day from me … albeit a wee bit early! ❤️

I often start with a white sheet on the floor as it gives me good contrast and clear perception of shapes and spaces. I wrapped paper and polystyrene balls in beautiful cotton linen. I varied the amount of fabric so the shapes represented both budding red roses and those in full bloom!

I often start with a white sheet on the floor as it gives me good contrast and clear perception of shapes and spaces. I wrapped paper and polystyrene balls in beautiful cotton linen. I varied the amount of fabric so the shapes represented both budding red roses and those in full bloom!

The small heart focal point … lush rich red wool.

The small heart focal point … lush rich red wool.

Beginning to build the sculpture around the heart using lots and lots of floristry pins!

Beginning to build the sculpture around the heart using lots and lots of floristry pins!

More building … the love is growing!! ❤️

More building … the love is growing!! ❤️

So beautiful visually and texturally working with these stunning fabrics …

So beautiful visually and texturally working with these stunning fabrics …