Alison Thompson will be creating an immersive, yarn bombing work in the daffodil garden where the trees, bench and anything else she can lay her hands on will transformed with colour and texture, knitting and crochet. This special place is also where thousands of daffodils are planted in a special garden for the Cancer Council.
Alison has long been inspired by the gardens here at Eden and has found solace here through her own journey. She hopes to provide others with a textile hug – a place of both comfort and contemplation.
Inspiration for Alison’s immersive piece comes from both the garden, and this wonderful poem by William Wordsworth.
I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.
The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: —
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.
Alison Thompson graduated from university in the UK with a BA (Hons) in English Literature and Art History. She continued to move into a creative field for work, in marketing, advertising and social media, and for the last 4 years has been practicing yarn art, with her own small craft business Billy, Peg & Tom.
She has been involved in numerous art installations in NSW and Victoria, the most recent being a colourful celebration for a local primary school. This installation was a community effort, though organised by Alison and is still appreciated today.
Her recent life experiences have shown her that colour, nature and yarn can be calming and therapeutic. Although she has not utilised her skills in the traditional artistic arena, she does create thought provoking and inspiring works using her love of yarn.