Wednesday, September 3, 2008

'MEMORIES OF A WONDERFUL LADY'

NINA'S MERMAID ROSE
It can be sad when you loose a friend, even when they are old. My friend Nina passed away last week, just short of her 89th birthday. We shared many interests, art, silk painting, knitting, spinning and weaving, but I think that our most shared passion was for gardening.
Nina had the most wonderful garden, it was always such a pleasure to visit, spending time sitting in her garden and enjoying her company. The photo of the Mermaid rose is from Nina's garden, it had a trunk as big as and apple tree! In spring the garden was ablaze with Flanders poppies, love in the mist, irises, roses and too many more flowers to mention. Nina's pride and joy was a large thyme lawn, total luxury to sit on! The long drought became a difficult time for us all and even more so when you are old and getting frail, as we can only water outside with a bucket or watering can now.
Artist Collaboration, Nina Lindsay
In 2004 I wove this tapestry in collaboration with Nina. The tapestry is a section of an oil painting that Nina had painted of her magnolia tree. The experience of the collaboration was very rewarding and time spent with a friend. For my work experience I curated a retrospective exhibition of Nina's work. Titled 'Fantasy Figure's' the exhibition included mono prints, collages and large paintings of Nina's love of ballet, literature and nudes. Vases full of spring flowers from her garden along with scarves of colourful painted silk decorated the gallery. This was the only time that most people had ever seen Nina's art and many were amazed by the contemporary feel of the work to find out that Nina was in her early eighties!
These are photos that I had taken of my son Coen in the garden at Nina's house. In some of the photos he is almost two and others almost three. You get a sense of the garden with it's riot of spring colour. Coen who will be twelve in January was always more engaged with talking to Nina than looking at the camera. I am so pleased to have these photos as they bring back some wonderful memories.
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5 comments:

K Spoering said...

A lovely tribute to your friend. How great to have the tapestry to remind you of her.

My oldest son had hair just like your son's! At 31, his is still quite blond.

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Kathy,I will miss Nina, the tapestry is just like her, soft and quiet and yes I am lucky to have it.I also have a beautiful mono print of a ballet dancer that Nina gave me, which I will treasure. Coen has strawberry blond hair, it has stayed the same color so far. I am blond but he has lots of redheaded aunt's and uncle's. I think that he just escaped the red hair!! Debbie.

Krystyna said...

Debby, what a beautiful blog you have! Incredibly refreshing! You art, your garden fantastic! Your son is totally adorable!
Cheers from cold Canada , Krystyna

Debbie Herd said...

Hi Krystyna, thank you for your kind comments. Coen is 12 now and today was his first day at secondary school. Time just seems to fly bye. This is my final year as a student so it is going to be a very busy one! Debbie.

Krystyna said...

Good luck Debbie with everything beautiful you do! Yes, time passes by so quickly … it is hard to believe that my son is 34 and my youngest daughter 25!
Take care, Krystyna

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