Living in the Great British Isles means embracing all seasons. There are undeniable changes happening in the garden, and I am undeniably aware that September is calling and am beginning to feel the thrill of cooler months ahead.
There is a gentle fading beginning to take hold as well as the fullness of ripe berries and autumn fruits. It is this fading, mottling and ageing that I find restful and somehow reassuring.
Yes, I confess to be totally thrilled by the imminent onset of autumn. This season is equally exciting to me as spring. The drama of the demise of nature’s summer beauty is displayed as a visual wonder in seed heads, leaf skeletons, crystallised cobwebs and exuberant colour in skies and trees. Along with darker nights, lit with candles and the glow of a log fire, harvest festivals and fireworks pepper the calendar. The kitchen becomes the hub of the home and is filled with smells of jam making, homemade fruit puddings, sticky sausages, toasted crumpets and long, lazy Sunday roasts. The hallway is filled with wellington boots and coats and we dig out warm woollens to wrap ourselves in ……... yes, I am a huge fan of autumn!
September brings the call for us all to return to a more timetabled life and autumn provides the countdown to our yuletide celebrations. I will be exhibiting at the fabulous trade show ‘Top Drawer’, for the first time in September, hoping to meet owners of boutique shops, independent galleries and interior designers, all looking for artisan made pieces for their curated winter collections.
Meanwhile, the last threads of summer are difficult to let go of. Gathering up fading flowers and making the most of home grown vegetables in warming soups and hedgerow fruits in glorious crumbles, means we can still eat outdoors and gather together with candle-light and blankets to wrap around. This is, perhaps, how we British like to ‘Hygge’. The jaded colour palette makes me think about softly shaded wools. I like to work with colours that have been taken directly from nature, I find them soothing and restful and they seem to sit well with natural fibres. Perhaps my next woven designs will be inspired by the colours of September......
........we'll see. x