Urban Efflorescence

I make most of my local journeys by bike. It’s quick, cheap, healthy and, this summer, inspirational!

My journey into Newcastle takes me along a cycle path with a wild flower border. This summer the border has been absolutely gorgeous; a mass of blossoms awash with colour and buzzing with insect life.

It has been a joy to watch the border grow and develop. Each time I cycled past I thought I must do something to record and celebrate this lovely feature.

I want to capture the way these supposed weeds are reviving our urban landscape. I’ve spotted more, deliberately planted, wild flower borders along main roads and on roundabouts. The variety of flowers is gorgeous to see and I love the lack of order – not ‘unkempt’ at all – just natural!

Another aspect I want to capture is the depth and layers, as the plants grow up, over and through each other. Looking through the bright, verdant leaves to the dark spaces beneath.

I think there also needs to be an element of recycling (no pun intended 😊) in these cycle path scenes. As I cycle or walk around my local area I often find these rings.

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etal rings appear on roadsides, pavements and hedgerows; rusty, grimy and misshapen. They are used to hold car hubcaps in place but obviously get dislodged when hubcaps are damaged and fall off cars. I've got quite a collection now and have been thinking about how I might use them.

I have also sourced a very old book on wildflowers that will feature in new pieces of work and, as I'm inspired by cycle paths, I think I will have to include some of my lovely old puncture repair tins too

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at is all this leading to? A new body of work, quite different in style to my landscape pieces but still using my favourite processes of appliqué and free machine embroidery. I am busy developing ideas in my sketchbook(s) but here are some of the first pieces in this new series.

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f these pieces are currently in Ripon Cathedral at the Great North Art Show, others will be listed on Etsy.

I'll blog soon about how the series is developing but I'd love to know what you think of them too.

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

6 thoughts on “Urban Efflorescence

  1. I think I know the wildflower border you cycle past & have photographed it a couple of times. I’d love to see more of these wildflower strips along paths & roads in the city. I look forward to seeing this body of work develop. I’d intended to do a series of prints of the ‘wild’ plants, butterflies & perhaps animals in the Lower Ouseburn Valley – but have only done 2 so far.

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  2. Such beautiful wildfowers; I can see how (and why) they inspire you. I do love your new art. What sort of scale are the rectangular ones? Good luck with sales!

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  3. I too concur that these are beautiful. I know this post is over a year old but that is the beauty of the blogs. they can be there for all to be inspired by.

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