We move forward from two successful exhibitions in 2016 in Prague and in the USA to the challenge of an exhibition in the Netherlands in the Autumn. We continue to work on A2 sized pieces in portrait format and will be producing four pieces over the year with the theme of 'Freedom'. An essential part of our art is working in series to a common format which does give us all a framework for our creative endeavours.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Where am I ?

       I am in Rome. Brought here because of my husband’s job, after five years in the USA and 
      16 years in African countries. I love living in Rome, the freedom to walk about, history,
       weather, beauty, visitors (friends old and new) the beautiful apartment and neighbourhood 
       where we live.

       For this piece I started by thinking about layers. In some buildings in Rome one can go 
       below  ground level, through centuries of history to see the remains of  lives of other ages,
       literally layered on top of each other. I am fascinated by the mosaic floors and the patterns 
       carved in marble and stone.  The modern life and traffic rushing about on top is forming the 
       next part of history. Layers of a quilt, patterns of the past and present, interpreted in 
       fabric and stitch.

Alison Farmer


  1. I liked the idea of the layers of history creating the design images Alison - I'm guessing the car is a Fiat? How lucky to be in Rome - you will never run out of design inspiration there!


  2. I agree with your statement about the layers of history in Rome. I visited there in 1978 and was fascinated by the fact that every time someone digs a hole, they uncover some new historical site. Your circular and curved designs evoke a spiral, as well, and make me think of the progression of time and how in a place like Rome it is so easy to move backward and forward in time.

  3. Interesting and striking use of colour for your quilt, Alison. I love the way the design is not contained but goes over and beyond the edges. One's mind fills in the rest. Did you enjoy the snow you had last week? Saw it on TV for the rugby!