Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Hope for unattainable love - The Blue Rose

My latest cushion - a blue rose.

Did you know that roses do not contain the gene for making the colour blue? So up until recently the only way to get a blue rose was to let a white one absorb blue dyes.

Last year genetically modified blue roses could be bought for the first time.

In some cultures, blue roses traditionally signify a mystery, or attaining the impossible, or a never ending quest for the impossible.

In Chinese folklore, the blue rose signifies hope against unattainable love. "The Blue Rose" story is about an Emperor's daughter who is being forced to choose a husband and falls in love with a wandering minstrel. The quest for her suitors is to bring her a blue rose. Despite attempts by many at faking this item, the only one she accepts is the minstrel's, which is actually a white rose bathed in blue light. Despite her father's protestations, he realises his daughter knows best and lets them marry. Ah sweet!

My blue rose cushion in my etsy shop.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

My first shop

Needing an outlet for my most recent experiments, I have created an 'etsy' shop.


At the moment I am really concentrating on silk work. I wanted to make something that is practical as well as beautiful.

After drawing the outline with gold gutta, I painted with water and silk paints and then
sprinkled with effect saltz.

My Rasberry Ripple Rose hand painted silk cushion looks good enough to eat.