Four Seasons - a journey through colour & shadow
A textile exhibition by Laura Jordan
Kildare Town Heritage Centre, Market Square, Kildare Town
Fri. 26th Sept. – Fri. 31st Oct. 2014, 9.30a.m – 5.00p.m
Once my first Floral Shadows (spring) piece was created, I wanted to explore its potential in different colours. At first, I simply wanted to explore other floral colour palettes, and different leaf and flower elements. However, as I worked within the natural groupings, autumn emerged. With summer and winter then formed, the cycle of the year - death and rebirth - evolved into my theme; but it wasn’t until the seasons combined in the final piece “Four Seasons” that the cycle was complete.
Floral Shadows - spring
This textile piece represents spring - the start of the cycle of life. The bare look of winter disappears as the garden is clothed in leaves of green and silver. Flowers start to bloom in lively bursts of pink. The tiny buds that will form summer flowers and autumn fruit are represented by the abundance of miniature beads. Touches of light green shades show the newer growth. The main motif in turquoise shows the beginning of the rich colours that will soon appear in summer.
Sunshine & Shadows - summer
This textile piece represents summer. The luxury of green shades shows the generous growth and vitality of summer. The vibrant floral palette of glorious summer bedding plants is shown in turquoise, fuchsia, purple, red and peach. This wondrous explosion of colour reminds me of the technicolor feel of beautiful blooms on hot summer days.
Fall Shadows - autumn
This textile piece represents autumn. The hues and tones explore the rich palette of colour offered by the changing leaves in autumn. This piece records the stunning sunset - like display offered by trees before they enter into the long winter sleep, at the close of their year. The random position of the beads on the piece represents a generous scattering of autumn seeds waiting to become the seeds of new trees.
Golden Shadows - winter
This textile piece represents winter. The dark browns and beige show the colours of the trees now that their golden mantle of autumn leaves has fallen to the ground. The glistening gold on the petals highlight raindrops that rest on the branches. The beads are the tiny buds that will become the new growth in the rebirth once spring returns.