I think the past year has taught us all to enjoy the simple things in life. It’s been a long time since we all had the freedom to travel where and when we choose. This got me wondering. If I could go anywhere in the UK, where would I go? My chosen place is a scene perfectly described in Moors of Home.
‘Moors of Home’ was designed in Spring 2021 during lockdown in the UK and is about a special place I long to return to once ‘normality’ returns. The central panel is an extract from the poem ‘Pennine Ramble’ written by Ebron. It was first published in “A Lancashire Miscellany”, a newspaper column featured in weekend editions of the Oldham Chronicle between 1956 and 1959.
The words around the outer border depict a memory from my own childhood of visiting my Grandparents in Stacksteads, Lancashire.
On sunny days they would pack a picnic and say ‘Let’s go up clough’. For me this meant a short walk up the footpath, past the farm with a Border Collie dog and ducks, over the stile and through the broken dry-stone walls, followed by a steep climb up to the clough and the brook where the water flowed fresh from the moors. I’ve spent many summers since, sitting on the same rock, under the tree and paddling my feed in the cool water.
Size 21 x 27 cm. The piece is hand embroidered and hand stitched with vintage Sylko thread on cotton cloth Eco printed with leaves and petals from my lockdown garden in Summer 2020.
Moors of Home is part of a body of work about my Lancashire roots.