Elly Smith stuurde me uitleg over haar werk Postcard from La Quinta, waar ik 2 maart over schreef.
Elly Smith: ‘No, I would not categorize “Postcard from La Quinta” as a sampler. It’s format it is basically a stitchery. One of your responses to your weblog is absolutely correct in that it does not have any of the sampler motifs. However I must say that most of my works do have traditional sampler references. The other stitchery in the show – entitled “Joan and Henry create a Dalliance in Palm Desert” I would definitely classify that as a contemporary sampler. Do you have a photo of it that you can scan and put on your weblog? It might be fun to compare the two.
I would like to point out that I don’t sit down and purposely create contemporary samplers…Too confining first of all. No formulas! I design from the heart and the emotions that I am experiencing and feeling at the time. With “Postcard from La Quinta” I was feeling very disoriented in the southern part of California where we lived for three years so my son could attend a special school.
I started thinking that wherever I live – it is always a matter of thinking about someplace better – some place where I will be happier. The reality factor is that I had to accept and love where I was for the moment. The images that occured to me were – me being on a postage stamp and sending myself elsewhere. To the “Other” place. There is also a postcard in the design – with a leaning house propped up – The flowers represent the hope and acceptance of the current place – where we were it was quite pretty – oleanders everywhere. La Quinta is an actual growing city situated near Palm Springs, California. The white house in the background represents the desert dwelling – they are called casitas I think. Then there is the sky and clouds ah yes, escape into the wild blue yonder.
Guess that’s all I can think of at the moment… hope it wasn’t too long. Anymore queries – I will be happy to answer them.’
Elly: ‘Henry IV (of Bolingbroke) with his second spouse Joan of Navarre. Like all “royalty” they retire to palm Desert to indulge in golf and cross-word puzzles. They both love to watch the local TV station – espacially when helicopters follow live car chases to the Mexican border. This time they have a golfer who failed to yield the right of way. They finally puncture all his tires and release the ‘canine unit’ to finish the job. Their biggest thrill of all, was the day it snowed in Coachella Valley!’