Bridging Arts

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Writing up the stories about the exhibition pieces. Chhaya Biswas embroidered an intricate design of daffodils (that she drew on the fabric with pencil.) She had not embroidered for years but was determined to finish a design that would have daunted far more experienced embroiderers. The daffodil, she said, was her favourite flower. She had studied Wordsworth's famous poem as a girl in Bangladesh but had never seen a daffodil. "They told us that they were yellow and swayed in the wind, but I had never seen one." As a young bride in Wandsworth, at the age of 18, she saw her first daffodils on Wandsworth Common and was enchanted.