Flowers

Colour My Senses – Brisbane in Bloom!

Colour My Senses – Brisbane in Bloom!

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Always my favourite place to traverse and shop when I lived in Brisbane, the Brisbane Arcade is an historic landmark in the Queen Street Mall in the heart of Brisbane. It will soon host its first Spring Flower Show, with fresh spring blooms, sweet fragrances and vivid colours. ‘Colour My…

The Failure of Sir Gawaine: Sir Gawaine and Sir Uwaine at the Ruined Chapel, Number 4 of the Holy Grail tapestries woven by Morris & Co. 1891-94 for Stanmore Hall

Tapestry Tales – Weaving the Threads of Destiny

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In Greek Mythology the three Goddesses of Destiny and Fate were recorded in many formats, including tapestries that depicted them weaving the threads of destiny

Gorgeous Flowers

A Profusion of Flowers in Art and Life, Blooming Beautifully

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It can be safely assumed and perhaps even agreed by a majority of people that the presence of flowers in any room brings about a sense of joy and celebration

A Fascination for Flowers

A Fascination for Flowers

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The fascination for man with flowers has been their incredible ability to adapt when displaced from their original environment to another where they flourish and develop new characteristics to suit the regions in which they find themselves.  Primitive man, as a hunter and gatherer, was fully aware his existence relied…

Mighty Aphrodite & Flowers

Mighty Aphrodite & Flowers

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She clothed herself with garments which the Graces and Hours made for her and dyed in flowers of spring – such flowers as the Seasons wear – in crocus and hyacinth and flourishing violet and the rose’s lovely bloom, so sweet and delicious, and heavenly buds, the flowers of the…

Nature & Durer

Nature & Durer

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During the medieval period (C6 – C13) hundreds of varieties of flowers were introduced into Europe via the Crusades. Secluded gardens provided a secret place for lovers away from prying eyes. ‘I found her in an arbour, sweet, under a bough’ is the sort of phrase that opened many a…

Love Flower

Love Flower

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In China the ling chih fungus grows on tree trunks and is an emblem of immortality.  It grew in the Taoist Isles of the Blest where the deer grazed and as a longevity symbol it often carries one in its mouth. A favourite subject for porcelain since the days of…