Lovebird in the Alpine, 2001
The artist wove this piece with a focus on aesthetics. How to covert the famous Western European 'Millefleur' tapestry idiom into a reflection on our glorious self-seeding alpine meadows of South-Western British Columbia?
Millefleur weavings of the past often contained an exotic animal from foreign lands, such as a lion, ostrich, or rhinoceros, lounging in a distinctly local field of wildflowers. And so, I wove an African lovebird, smaller member of the Parrot family, into the centre of my local meadow. The exotic at home in the local.