It is is Easter Sunday 2015 and also one of the four days in the year that the Gallery is closed. It is also the day the clocks go back and we are truly into autumn. The lights are off, there is no music playing and all is quiet. I can hear the building breathe a sigh, but only a small one as it loves to be open, refreshed, cleaned, re-stocked, bustling with people and delicious smells coming out of the kitchen. This will be tomorrow – today Birdwoods rests.
Bruce is on the lawnmower, the grass is looking lush and the sculptures polished, the tables and chairs are out waiting for a beautiful Hawke’s Bay day as promised in the morning.
The silver is clean, the trays are set, the flowers are ready to be cut and put into vases and all our staff are enjoying time off with their family today. We too have spent time with our family recharging our batteries which has been wonderful and now we are set to enjoy the autumn and winter months ahead.
We look forward to you visiting Birdwoods in the not too distant future – we are open seven days a week and from 10am to 5pm. Happy Easter!
We have another wonderful product gracing the gallery – vintage Suzani cushions from Uzbekhistan. They have a ‘come lie down with me’ look – particularly if you are a dog! The big ones make for a great dog bed – truly stylish! Well Archie thinks so…
Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle,” and refers to embroidered hangings or fabric coverings of the nomadic tribes of Central Asia.
The birthplace of Suzanis was in what is now Uzbekistan, the area along the Silk Roads that interconnected the cultures of Europe, Turkey and China with the Muslim world. With the establishment of the Silk Road, the Suzani art flourished. In the 19th century, Uzbek women produced excellent embroidered hangings, table covers, bed covers, wrapping cloths, and prayer mats for their households and their daughters’ dowries.
Traditionally, the family and friends of a bride join together to help make the textile furnishings of her home. Traditionally, women did not create the design of the Suzani fabrics themselves. They would take the material to an elder in the village or tribe who would then draw the design on the fabric. Common motifs found in Suzanis are the tulip, teardrop (paisley) and sunburst.
These cushions have been made from vintage Suzani works on cotton fabric and featuring wool and cotton embroidery. The large square floor cushions are filled with 100% New Zealand wool batts and all covers have been dry-cleaned. Prices range from $95 – $180. Do enquire further if you are interested.
So heavenly that Archie has now gone to sleep….. Louise x
We are delighted to welcome three very beautiful hand-crafted Relko Rocking Horses made by Angus Parker of Huntly, New Zealand.
These have been individually hand carved from the best laminated woods and have been made in England since 1975. They have been exported worldwide collecting awards for design and export achievement. They have also been universally accepted as the best rocking horses wordwide since 1977. The designers are now living in New Zealand and making them here.
Prices range from $3450 to $4232 Further details can be obtained by contacting our staff at Birdwoods Gallery.