During my visits to the Gard Region of France I found inspiration from watching the vines grow from spindly little shoots into strong grape laden vines.
Jeremie from Chateaux Saint Nabor, a very fine winery in our area who sells our bottle clocks and cheeseboards, kindly invited us to go and see his vineyard which appears to be in the sky high up in the hills above his Chateaux! The views all around us were stunning.
To the east you could just make out Mont Ventoux, made famous by the Tour de France which has memorial to the cycling legend Tom Simpson on the peak and below us could be seen our village St Laurent des Carnols nestling in the Valley. To the south was ‘The Little Venice’ of the Gard Region, Goudargues, and to the west the wild rolling hills beyond Barjac .
Whilst in the Gard region I take great delight in ambling around small villages never knowing what is around the next corner. Usually it seems as though someone has painted a picture and brought it to life again which inspires me to incorporate the colours and textures into my designs. For example I noticed the exquisite shapes that have formed on the bark of the plane trees is in the village square have given me some ideas to produce wall hangings in the style of Mosaic, which can also be replicated in coasters and platters.
The stone work and roof tiles on the local church and village houses also inspires me along a similar theme of Mosaic fusion. By adding colour and texture a whole new range of products will be born.