OK I am maybe getting a bit obsessed with the paisley now and should stop and read a book or something. You have to admit it’s pretty though. I like a that it’s so organic, and although there are recurring shapes you see in commercial patterns it’s really creative and not at all restrictive – except you have to be neat or it doesn’t work at all..
There was a book called “The Owl Service” by Alan Garner, which I read when I was young and it haunted me. A girl on her own in the attic of a dark house, compulsively tracing the owl patterns on an old plate, waiting for something terrible to happen..
I bought a red cabbage and when I was cooking, it turned the water blue.. which reminded me of an experiment we did at school.. the juice from the cabbage has an interesting property – it turns red in the presence of an acid and blue in the presence of an alkali.