It’s too cold to be off exploring so we settled down in doors with the idea of having a day off. Our wonderful friend Katherine the milliner came round for roast dinner and some designer chat and then we sort of fell in to being creative and making things even though it wasnt the intention. Benjamin made a beautiful small dog, it’s a commission, and I got on with designing our new range of greetings cards.
And then Shoreham the brown bear, came along, all sleepy from hibernation but needing a cup of tea. And we talked about summer and how, even in January the days are slowly, very slowly getting lighter in the evenings. And then Shoreham padded off to his cave and I went for a quick walk through the forest which was beautiful.
Yesterday we went to the Whitechapel Art Gallery in the East End of London to see the Giuseppe Penone exhibition (a movie about the work is here X) and there was a quote on the gallery wall:
Repeating the forest
A shelter, a ceiling of trees, a floor of trees, a wall of trees..
Walls, floors and ceilings of trees is a good way to describe the deep forest – a shelter yes, but also it can be quite frightening too, especially as the dusk is gathering and the trees and other shapes congeal into mythical figures and strange shapes. So I hurried back and had more tea and looked at the picture I drew of Shoreham the brown bear, which is quite a good likeness, although I say it myself.