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Simplicity sometimes makes me weep

My friend Susie rang one day to tell me about Terance Coventry's sculpture - she said "it's very YOU!" Although much of my work is textile-based, I have been known to work with 3D figures and birds (a final piece at uni depicted a man and bird supended in space) and I have painted and drawn many women with birds sitting on their shoulder or head. The bird (for me) symbolises inspiration and another language of communication, as well as the more obvious aspects of freedom and flight. On seeing Terence Coventry's work for the first time I was moved to tears (so to speak) - I love the simplicity and poignancy of this moment between the man and the bird. Impossible to encapsulate in few words (without sounding silly) so no need to try.

The image is on my wall for inspiration, next to it hangs my own papier-mache man and bird and outside the window the doves spend the day eating olives which have fallen on the ground.


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Mind you it's not about achieving perfection. Mistakes and awkwardness can lend an air of spontaneity and surprise. 

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A lull in the proceedings

Lull ...

a temporary interval of quiet or lack of activity. "for two days there had been a lull in the fighting" synonyms:pause, respite, interval, break, hiatus, suspension, cessation, interlude, intermission, breathing space, moratorium, lacuna

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