September is Spring in the Southern Hemisphere where I was born and grew up. But it is Autumn (or Fall) where I live now. So I thought I may make a double piece, in two halves, one for each season, reflected in the colours used. I started with Spring – it got me thinking of flowers, butterflies, lighter clothes, brilliant blue skies, the smell of new life, wonderful colours - and got so carried away that I never got round to making the Autumn half. In fact Spring got too big - 18" by 18" - so I'm just staying with the Southern Hemisphere version of September. Fall will have to wait until another time.
When I was a child and a teenager in Argentina, we watched many Italian films - they were shown because of the large Italian population in the country - people emigrated to Latin America between the wars and after the Second World War. One of those films was called E Primavera. I don't remember much about it - but it somehow relates. The word for Spring - Primavera - is the same in Spanish and in Italian. I love the cinema - although these days I see movies as much on TV or on DVD as I see in them in the cinema - but I do like to see ‘the big ones’ on the silver screen.
Primavera is also the name of a favourite painting by Botticelli, in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence - one of the first places I visited in my first trip to Europe in 1964 (several years before I came to live in England) - and it made a lasting impression.
Primavera – my piece - is made with a strip-piecing technique, using a range of bright colours to signify flowers, and vegetation, but also lighter colours such as yellow and orange; and greens and blues. It's been quilted with variegated threads in a free motion pattern of flowers and leaves.