When I first heard of this theme all I could think of was ‘calligraphy’. When I looked though some old course work I did about 15 years ago, I found a practise piece, written in a spiral format, with the saying: ‘Who can count the apples in one seed?’ I decided to base my quilt upon my old wonky attempts at calligraphy, supported by other ways of marks with my own hand, including mono printing, thread sketching and hand stitching.
Then I got to thinking about how the saying actually fitted into the theme.
As a teacher, having to put up with the daily challenges of trying to impart wisdom into wiggly children, it’s easy to find oneself sinking into the mire of pessimism; feeling as though I have not made much of a difference in the world. Clearly that is untrue, as the saying suggests that one seed planted can yield future orchards. Perhaps that is why there is a symbolic connection between the apple and the teacher? We all like to think we have made our mark on the world and this saying helps us to remember that no effort is wasted.
I decided to depict a dead and spent apple tree as the major element with the orchards spreading on and on into the distance.
|Linden Lancaster Who Can Count the Apples?|
|Who Can Count the Apples? Detail 1|
|Who Can Count the Apples Detail 2|