Interlacing Heritage by Marta Lett
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The story of this piece has many threads woven together to express the strong female line of my family who have all been and are craftswomen and artists.
The Australian native flowers represent my granmother’s Aussie spirit of ingenuity, and symbolise my sense of place and belonging in the Australian landscape. My mother introduced me to the ancient world of Celtic art and illuminated manuscripts, and wove the stories of our Irish family history.
My love of damask and brocade fabrics inspired the subtle palette I chose for this piece. The tightly woven repeating patterns were inspired by the lush fabric and wallpaper designs of William Morris.

This painting is 520 mm x 720 mm. I used watercolour gouache on Stonehenge hot-press watercolour paper.

Calligrapher, designer, painter, craftswoman, I am all of these. Sometimes all at once and at others simply one.
Each Aussie-Celtic design is inspired by encounters in nature that have lifted my spirit and opened my heart. Similarly, I find incredible inspiration from creative masters of the past.
The painting of each piece takes many hours, for larger paintings I can spend 50 to 80 hours, while my miniature pieces may take 4 to 12 hours each to complete.

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