This palette is dedicated to my mother & her love of colour. It is based on two influences. Firstly, Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes in Paris during the early 1900’s. Diaghilev collaborated with modern Artists of the time to create the ground-breaking costumes and set design: never-seen-before paint driven, oversized graphics and colour, both in the use of fabrics paper & paint. I was lucky enough to see the Ballet Russes exhibition in Canberra recently and was overwhelmed to see history in front of my eyes. It transported me to all the different shows over the decades, represented by the huge variety in the costumes. Their never-seen-before paint driven, oversized graphics and colour, both in the use of fabrics, paper & paint.
Secondly, travelling with my Mum in Central Asia and her textile collections. My Mum specialized in Islamic textiles from Central Asia. She traveled the world to find out all she could about textiles and she instilled a similar passion in me. When we were traveling I fell in love with everything that filled the markets along the Silk Road and always imagined the characters you once would have met here: fortune tellers, puppeteers, knife throwers, camel drivers, letter writers & storytellers, caravan menders, tin smiths, gypsies & shamans, gold merchants, dance troupes & acrobats, falconers, & pilgrims.