Sunday, 15 November 2020

The time traveller's craft

I’ve not been sitting idly at home during the lockdown. Oh no. Not me. I’ve been mastering the art of time travel.  It all started when I decided to get my paints out to make some hand carved and painted pieces of jewellery. Ideas that had been in the back of my mind for a long time suddenly found a means of expression. I’d wanted to do a sailing boat against a sunset for a while, and the paints were just what I needed. 

As I sketched out my design I was suddenly a small child again, standing on tippy toe on the upstairs landing at my Gran’s house. I could see right across the village and there were little white triangles going across the horizon. I had been told it was the Regatta on the river and that we would be going! The whole family went and there was a carnival atmosphere with people in and out of the riverside pub and all the excitement of the yachts racing and tacking back and forth across the water. Even more exciting I thought were the stalls selling model kits and oh my….  a shallow tank with toy yachts just like the real thing. Imagine my joy when my uncle Hugh handed me my very own little yacht, painted and shiny with white cotton sails. Many a voyage did that little boat make in the years to come, round and round the top of our old rainwater butt!

There’s nothing like art and craft to transport you to another time or place – and you don’t even need to leave your chair!