Petal & Pins

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Memory & Myth

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

I can picture exactly where the Salvia Leucatha grew below the window of my parents bedroom in the front garden of my childhood home.

Drawn to both the colour and the texture I loved the purple spires of velvet flowers on silvery stems – perhaps an early hint of a vocation with the tactility of textiles.

Family myth is purple was one of the first words in my vocabulary and it’s still a favourite colour.

When I walk past the patch of salvia that spills onto the pavement down the road and  lightly touch the velvet flowers it immediately takes me  back to childhood days in that garden.

© Sandra Alcorn 2014

© Sandra Alcorn 2014



Hello Yellow

yellow dressClaire Danes and Julianne Moore both chose yellow dresses to wear to the recent Emmy  Awards. I think yellow is  hard for most people to wear but it looked striking on both. I have a client who loves the colour & I’ve designed several outfits in what I think of as her signature colour – from the soft buttery tones right up to a bold cadmium.

It got me thinking has there ever been any yellow in my wardrobe and I can only think of a bright canary yellow hand crocheted poncho when I was about 7 years old.

Yellow delights me more in the garden, a banksia rose, daffodils, daisies, a lemon tree abundant with fruit, the wattle that are in full bloom around the neighbourhood at the moment.

When I was little we would pick butter cup flowers and hold them under our chin and ask “do I love butter?” the glossy  petals would reflect yellow on to our skin eliciting an excited yes you do! I don’t remember who showed us this quirky game but in the garden on the corner of our street was a patch of buttercups that my sister and I eagerly anticipated reaching on our walk to Sunday school each week to pick and play the game.

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