The idea for Fading also came through my thinking about tulips. The figure is drawn onto a photograph I took of fading tulips.
My very first encounter with textile tulips was at the age of four. I have shown this cross stitch piece before on this blog - perhaps even more than once, but I make no apologies as I am rather pleased with what I achieved.
When towards the end of my publishing career I took up knitwear design the tulip was a form I explored for possible patterns.
I also played about on the computer to doodle a possible needlepoint design.
Then when I decided to leave the knitwear for hand stitching I attended a masterclass course which included a session playing with photographic enlargers. With no film involved I processed a tulip petal as if it were a negative, then developed the photographs.
Using one such image and other photographs I had taken of Queen of the Night tulips I made one of my first heat transfer print stitched pieces: a triptych. I'm afraid that this snap was taken recently, long after the piece was framed.
Is the tulip a cliché subject? I don't know, but it's one which draws me back with pleasure.