An Emotional Weave


I experienced a compulsion to create this piece which lasted a week before I started work, meaning it was important. I did not know what the piece about, only that textures and the colours cream, brown and yellow needed to feature in it. Over that week I received a couple of insights. I was unsure what shade of yellow was needed but felt drawn towards a greenish yellow. Then I remembered, during the second half of my teenage years I had a top in this colour. The second insight was “holding my hand”. The purpose of this piece is to offer support teenage me, specifically ages 16-18, when I was growing up emotionally alone.

The colours used are significant:

  • yellowy green is teenage me and the emotional pain from that time
  • sunshine yellow is hope
  • pink is care for me
  • cream and beige is support for me
  • brown and grey started out as grounding, though I’m not sure about them now.

This piece is read from bottom to top. The narrow line of pink near the bottom left represents the emotional care that I received at that time, i.e. not much. The size of the yellowy green areas gradually increased as my willingness to feel the pain increased. Working these areas released a lot of grief. I worked slowly through this, supporting myself. After the largest area of yellowy green I needed support so tried to surround myself with more cream. Later in the smaller area of yellowy green, I acknowledged that the pain is still there and I offered myself some care through the pink. Hope for a better future is present throughout (yellow). There were a lot of threads to tidy up at the end and working through these felt like nurturing myself.

This piece has been emotional and sensually driven, and I feel like I have done a good piece of therapeutic work in this weave.

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  1. This is so interesting. I’ve never explored an emotional journey solely through colour before. So rich. I’m thinking I may try something similar, with water colours. I also appreciate the way you mentioned that you had a sense that you wanted to create the piece for a week and so in that way you knew it was an important piece of work. Listening to and heeding that quiet inner voice is powerful. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. I returned to this post as it showed up at the bottom of the page when I read your recent post today. I read it through with interest, not remembering that I’d read it previously, months ago. I’m still drawn to it. Something different that stood out for me today is your use of the pale pink and how that represented ‘care’ to you. I’ve been drawn to that colour a lot recently, too, and your post made me realize that I think it also represents ‘care’ for me. I think that’s so interesting!

    I also very much need to work through much pain and grief (and anger) from a period in my life when I was younger and alone. I will be thinking of a way to do that for myself through art and will return to your post. I don’t have the comfort and experience with visual art that you do and I’m trying to increase that for myself. I like how you used texture for this piece — the tactile nature of that fits with the ‘holding my hand’ part of your insight. (And I know I am ‘holding my hand’ too.)

    Thanks again for sharing your process of healing and growth through your art on your blog.


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