Sunday, 19 February 2017
LE FIL ROUGE DE MARIETTE
Means: ʺMariette’s Red Threadʺ…
But for my future blog I have the title in French, because to me it sounds so nice. It was also in French that our history teacher told us the true story of ʺthe red threadʺ, which passed through the sails of the British sailing vessels on the Oceans. It was woven in a specific way, so that it could be torn out or otherwise removed.
Even the smallest piece of fabric was marked by the red thread, which ment that it was the belonging of the king. Today it would be an anti-theft chip.
By extension the red thread stands for the events and stepping stones making a person’s course of life.
As an after-war child with no entertainment but a lot of imagination (1943) I built castles in the wonderful sand of my grandparents’ garden and talked to the hudge toad sitting under its rhubarb leaf. My grandfather was the school teacher for 8 classes and a passionate botanist and-yes, this I may say – a really scientific bee-keeper. Of course, this was a paradise for a child and plants and flowers became the first interest and passion of my life. I learned their names plus a lot about their souls (sic). One of the rare toys children owned at that time was a box with coloured pencils. On rainy days I had ʺextra painting shiftsʺ, as my father said. One of my first professional goals was that of a naturalist, painting flowers ʺthe way they really lookedʺ. So, one day I saw my grandmother sitting next to the window, embroidering with a red thread on a white cloth. I was amazed: granny painted with a thread! This I wanted to learn too! I insisted and insisted until finally, after a lot of exercise, I was able to be a little embroiderers at the age of five. My first master-piece was an apple with a big, red cheek.
Then, with another red woolen thread, I learnt how to knit, my great-grandmother taking me between her knees and guiding my hands from behind. Soon the little toy donkey, made of flowry apron cloth and filled with straw, was the proud owner of a red blanket.
Thus, my own red thread led me through school, the world of the airport and the office of readers and proof-readers in the edition house.
As a young girl my parents did not allow me to become a professional designer and embroiderer. But my threads and pencils accompanied me ever since through happiness and kept me in balance when I counted threads through tears.
Now I think that after all my parents were right, because I did not need my art to earn a living and so I was marvelously free. Now, professional experience is a great part of lifelong apprentice ship.
So, when my young friends Simona and Emanuel convinced me for the elaboration of a personal blog, I remembered the red thread of the British Navy and the one of my life. I realized that English has smell of sea and heaven, it is the language of sailors, pilots and astronauts, opening new horizons. I decided: ʺThough German is my favourite language, English will be the one of the blog and with this I am ready for a new take-off to new thrilling adventuresʺ.