Fallen Fruit Silks

Jane Hall Designs
It is strange how in our 24 hours a day wired and connected world we can not truly escape nature’s deep, slow rhythms. This November I’ve been working on some scarves in a range of colours I thought I’d chosen as I’d seen this pleasing combination from the Canadian Interior Designer Jane Hall of Jane Hall Designs.

As I have mentioned before, when I’m painting I often listen to an audiobook and for a couple of weeks I’ve been listening to ‘Wolf Hall’ by Hilary Mantel. She has a superb historical imagination and a descriptive writing style that evokes a sense of place without being overdone. As I was busy preparing my autumn colours I heard this phrase from Wolf Hall

“wearing their fallen fruit silks of mulberry, gold and plum”

Pear - Doyenne du Comice
Fallen and picked fruit from my fan pear – Doyenne du Comice

Prunus persica Peregrine
The Last Peach (Sept) – Prunus persica Peregrine

Reflecting on the natural colours of fallen fruit retrieved from the fading garden and looking at the colours I’d mixed up, I realised how unconsciously I’d absorbed and then responded to the changing scene. I’ve had a few peaches, figs, apples, pears and plums filling the kitchen fruit bowl from this year’s domestic harvest. It’s been the best year so far for the fan pear, though I have lost all the cobnuts to the squirrels, again. But what a bonus – the muted colours of fallen fruit.

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Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

4 thoughts on “Fallen Fruit Silks”

    1. Thank you. I was thinking you must get really fed up of all of us Northern Hemisphere types moaning on about the miserable autumnal weather and the onset of winter just as you’re heading out to revel in the sun! Agnes

  1. I too am a fan of Jane Hall’s take on decorating and have a print of her’s in my dining room – she used to do inventive colourful paintings to compliment her fabrics. Lovely scarves – again!

    1. Thank you. I found Jane Hall via photos somebody had put on Pinterest and then went to her site. I liked a lot of her work and thought it so much more interesting than the neutral and/or monochrome world that has been the received ‘taste’ in some quarters.

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