Floss has posted a Railway poster of Edinburgh this month
Last month I reduced the Dunfermline poster to a palette of six colours and found pottery to match.
But what to do with this one? I was struck by two things – the shapes which were outlined and the fact that it is the great capital city of Edinburgh. I reduced the diagram to some basic shapes.
- In the centre, two dark rectangles.
- To the right, the spire of the Scott Memorial
- Below them a white cloud of steam
- And the leafy green foliage of trees.
- At the edges of the picture, the buildings of Princes Street, and the area round the Castle.
Then I collected a few items which remind me of Edinburgh
- my collection of Ian Rankin ‘Rebus’ books
- the jester hat we bought on holiday at Festival time in ‘97
- a baby shawl – made by a Scottish friend in ‘82
- my tartan skirt
- a collection of Scottish shortbread tins with tartan patterns
These are all important for different reasons and the memories connected with them:
- The Rebus Collection: I really enjoy Ian Rankin’s books, and in the interviews I have read, he comes across as a good bloke, with a real concern for family life. My entire family loves relaxing by reading, especially on holiday.
- The hat: Steph, with a broken leg, being pushed round Edinburgh in a wheelchair, yet retaining her good humour and proudly wearing her hat with the jingling bells.
- The shawl: Liz, a new born baby. She finally arrived safely after a very difficult pregnancy. I wrapped her in this shawl to bring her home from the hospital, so grateful to have her alive and well.
- The kilt: ‘You can’t go wrong with a nice kilt’ Mum always said. I was really pleased to be able to make this one from a longer one given to me by a friend. I think of Mum whenever I wear it [and the friend who gave me the original skirt].
- The shortbread tins: All of these represent Christmas gifts from Church members here. I am so grateful for these people – and their love and support which is evident throughout the whole year, not just in the festive season.
All these things are still being used regularly [the shawl was wrapped round Baby Jesus for ‘Get In The Picture’, and I usually wear the hat for Carol Singing]
Thanks Floss for this inspiration. It began as a geometric exercise, and ended as a reflection on how blessed I am to have my family and my many friends who care for me. The thrill of what I already have in terms of ‘things’ is far outweighed by the joy of those good relationships.