Pics from Cally

My pics have arrived from Cally, so here’s a first look and initial thoughts:

Our banner photo. The beautiful curve and zigzag of the stairs; patterning of the tiles; the folded wheelchair – a sign of freedom?; the glow of lights and the shadows bouncing around.

Peacock feathers, coiled basket by Anna S. King – she writes “My baskets are allowed to be whatever they want to be; what you see is what you want to see.” There’s colour and patterning of feathers and basket, and King’s wonderful statement to ponder on.

 This seems to be a framed work by Wendy Cuthbert (if I’ve read the signature correctly – couldn’t find anything on google). A great set of colours – think I could learn a lot by trying to work with that palette. At first sight I thought of tapestry with the strong patterning, but now I’m looking more at the use of scale and line and variations and repetitions of triangle/zigzag.

Barn owl, a photo by David Tipling in a national trust calendar. I find owls rather sinister for some reason. They look vicious and judging and ready to tear things apart. Not helped by going into wikipedia for some balance and finding “… known by many other names … eerie, silent flight: White Owl, Silver Owl, Demon Owl, Ghost Owl, Death Owl, Night Owl, Rat Owl…”. There is some very lovely patterning, on its back and also the window surround.
A parade or celebration? Exultant individuality, but such somber faces on some of the observers. Feathery texture and exciting pops of colour. The red and silver medusa mask back right, watching but not participating (at least right now). This is a fascinating photo. I’d love to know more of its story (hint, Cally?).
East Neuk by John Bellany, another calendar find and another great statement on his website: “I paint from my very soul and I want to move people to get inside their hearts.” I am very taken by this. I feel a fresh breeze on my face and a salty tang on my lips. There is such a sense of place and I feel a visitor, looking into other people’s lives. I love the blocks of colour and the colours themselves. Not a skerrick of an idea how to interpret it in weaving 🙂
This is a great set of pics Cally – thank you so much!

4 Responses to “Pics from Cally”


  1. 1 Meg in Nelson May 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Interesting mix of material. Look forward to seeing what you do with them.

  2. 2 Shirley Treasure May 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I enjoyed reading this post and love the pics. Have to agree with the ‘pops of colour’ in photo #5 (parade) some great inspiration to work with.

  3. 3 Cally May 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    You can see more of that funny-looking festival in my flickr set here. We were in Bern for a weekend in November ’07 and came upon this event when we were walking through the city and kept glimpsing people ahead of us in strange costumes. We had absolutely no idea what was going on which made it all the more entertaining! We had to buy a paper the next day to find out – apparently it is the day the Bern bear mascot goes into hibernation. There was a very Swiss atmosphere of deliberate and dutiful jollity, and there was some kind of competitive element too which they took very seriously. (It’s OK – I’m allowed to make Swiss-stereotyping remarks because I have a Swiss grandmother!)

    I’m glad you have found food for thought in the pics – looking forward to seeing where it takes you.


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