Threshold: the magnitude, or intensity, that must be exceeded for a certain reaction, phenomenon, result or condition to occur or be manifested.
In the early spring of COVID, before any bright colour hit the landscape and after the snow began to melt, still-standing seed heads and pods revealed themselves. The duality of how brittle and light they were, yet how extraordinarily strong and resilient, struck me. They were like strange planets holding the blueprints for this years’ plan. While I watched carefully for the pivotal reveal of fecundity, I never actually witnessed the threshold of spring.
However, I collected some pods, along with delicate weed forms that had also withstood winter’s winds. I began drawing them, examining their structure and their subtle variations of monochrome. A series of silhouette monoprints emerged during this period of investigation.
When you wear this scarf, I hope you will be nudged to nurture your own well-being. You will have a tactile reminder of the abundant creativity, strength and resilience within you, because you come from, and are inextricably linked to, the evolving essence of Nature.
Deborah Farquharson is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is inspired by natural forms. Her studio is in Mulmur, Ontario. You can explore her paintings, fibre art, wood cuts and installation projects on her website.