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leaves and lace
|art Mahon Hall Saltspring Island installation windows leaves curtains of leaves organic sculpture
I was invited by the local Painter's Guild
to do an installation in Mahon Hall for their Thanksgiving show.
I made lace curtains in what once
was the kitchen prep and serving area.
Mahon Hall, built in 1902, hosted the SaltSpring Fall Fair for many years. I imagined women in aprons baking pies and then formally serving tea to all who attended.
The windows are old, with small panes and wooden mullions. The delicacy of lace seemed appropriate. I cut the curtains with the idea of pinning autumn leaves to them, repeating the decorative pattern of the lace.
But once the curtains were hung
the trees and harbour beyond could be seen.
Which changed my plan.
I pinned the leaves in drifts
as if they were falling into the room
from the wild cherries
and maples outside.