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Nov 10

Tuscan Floor mat

Tuscan Floor Mat

Tuscan Floor Mat

I have now reached an age in my life where I am starting to get rid of all that unnecessary stuff that one accumulates over the years. However I find it so hard to get rid of some things. I have tried to give them away to my children, they don’t want them. I think I have mad them minimalists, simply because they have lived with it all these years and they are afraid that they will end up like me.

Not that many years ago, when folk art was at it’s peak here in Australia, I was often asked by express publications to design projects for their Folk Art & decorative painting magazine.

At one stage, Lynn Foster a well known Folk artist and I was asked if we would together, take a group of folk artists on a Tuscany tour. This entailed both of us producing a project that was easy to handle whilst we were all on tour as it did mean  that whatever we painted had to be carried around. I thought that a floor mat would be easy to carry,  one could just role it up and put it into a suitcase. The project I designed was a floor mat of a medieval village called Pitigliano, a sleepy little town that seems almost to grow directly from the rugged volcanic outcrops. It was just perfect and I had such fun researching and designing it.

However it was just not to be for me to go to Italy, we didn’t get the numbers that we were planning on in order to make it viable, only one of us could go and as Lynn had already taken a group of painters away she was the chosen one.

I of course still have the floor mat and I still love it, and  I have taught it to a group of my very favourite students.

My sister is redecorating her dinning room with a Tuscan feel, so instead of being a floor mat (which I might add I never used as such). it has been beautifully framed and is now hanging on her wall and she loves it.

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