In Praise of Colours is four pieces of work that have been inspired by the four seasons where we live. Each piece is made of yarns we have dyed during that season & then wove to make a final expression. Summer is represented by 152 pieces of white material dyed in indigo & then aged, stained, torn & burnt by us to create a ‘boro’ floormat. Michael has always been inspired by patchwork & he finds Japanese boro a very powerful medium to tell a story. The light blues of indigo, rarely used in Japan, express the many blues of Japan’s summer skies. Autumn is represented by a simple piece of weaving, the colours coming from autumn leaves, plants & tree barks. Winter is represented by a very fine piece of weaving mirroring the lightness of snow as it falls and the way it interacts with the river & earth. Spring is represented by one of Yasuka’s handmade shirts, dyed with the early spring plant red nettle & hand embroidered with spring plants & insects. Living on a farm in the deep forest & mountains of Japan, the four season have an immediate & intense impact which we both find unique to Japan.