Cushions that could have come straight out of the psychedelic 60’s
Yes I know that video is in black and white, but boy can you just hear the psychedelic colours coming at you as you listen? I know I can and I have never licked any cute coloured stamps.
After watching these performances and others recently on the television of the Doors European tour in 1968 ( I was 4!) I was struck by the sheer creativity, inventiveness and freedom that musicians displayed then. Now because of all sorts of reasons ( many being commercial) we are restricted to what we can hear on mainstream media, unlike back in those heady years of early black and white telly. Of course, the Internet should allow for us to find such creative musical expressionists, but why am I still so excited at the sheer energy of watching Jim Morrison and the wonderful Ray Manzarek on keyboards, his head wiggling as he played , his body perfectly still and his long skeletal fingers working musical magic on the keys? I could wax lyrical about how impressed I was , but I won’t.
Back to crochet.
Bright colours were the order of the day in the 60’s . I remember my early childhood.: our bathroom was lilac and the ceiling was painted blood red. Our living room was a temple to purple , teamed with rich chocolate brown.
I’m still clearly influenced by those colour choices even today. I can’t help myself , colour makes me happy. Many people comment on my use of colour. I don’t see anything special about it, until I try to find other stuff with colours I like and then end up making it myself.
Like these cushions:
I call them the Light My Fire cushions after the lovely Mr Morrison’s song that the Beeb tried to ban because he mentioned ( shock horror) Girl you couldn’t get much HIGHER. I feel they really reflect the spirit of the 60’s and psychedelia .
I used the granny square motif because of it’s real retro 60’s/70’s hippy feel and used three coordinating styles rather than matching: 9 small squares edged in black,
and then one large gradated colour square , also edged in black.
I’m rather in love with these babies, but they could be yours.
They cost £15 each , including the cushion pad, which I think represents fantastic value for money for a completely handmade unique item.
You can buy the full set of three for £45 and the postage will come free.
Remember, these cushions aren’t for the feint hearted. They are bright. Probably even brighter than these photographs can even portray. But if you have a minimalist interior that could do with statement cushions, eh voila!
Or , if like me, you just like to cram as much colour into your life as possible, then you won’t need any persuading.
As always, I intend to keep to my mission of keeping it Bright and Beautiful at Crochet Bright and Beautiful.
This time I think I’ve more than met my mark.
- Sofa Art (dianespuppetsproducts.wordpress.com)
- Eye-popping interiors (johnlewis.com)
- Cushion Clusters (hillarydijon.com)
- July, The Doors history in microcosm (examiner.com)