'What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life' - Emil Brunner.
My name is Froyle Neideck, I am a professional visual artist and I have been painting and exhibiting for twenty years, in-between raising my family and pursuing life. I want to tell you a story about hope, colour and great possibilities.
Two years ago, my cousin Evana went through the horrific ordeal of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and all the treatment that aligns with this procedure. My mum, Helen, decided to head over to Perth, Western Australia, to help Evana’s husband and four children cope with the illness. Helen loved them, served them and looked after the household while Evana had her treatments. When it was time for her to come home, Evana wanted something to remember the experience she had spent with Aunty Helen and so she decided to buy one of my paintings called ‘Grace’.
Art is spiritual, it carries the intention for which it has been created. My art is intentional, I definitely have an agenda, I want to help people feel better; to release peace, joy, love, into people’s lives through art. There is a world full of heartbreak. I want my art to inspire hope through colour, beauty and the Spirit from which I create.
The painting 'Grace' was inspired by Psalm 23 and it is an expression of the rest, provision and peace of God. ‘God, my shepherd! I don't need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from, True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side, Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life’ (Psalm 23:1-3 The Message).
This is the revelation of God’s nature that Evana needed to experience at that moment and it made me think; What if I could take the painting off the canvas and literally wrap her in the art? All the colour, beauty and purpose could physically surround her. It is this pursuit that has birthed the Colours of Hope Collection. Beautiful colour saturated decor designs to inspire hope.
We have literally taken my richly coloured paintings off the canvas and printed them onto fabric, which is then made into beautiful art cushions. It is art as a cushion and the material is soft, luxurious and of the highest quality. Each cushion has been handmade, a beautiful original artwork and often a one off creation. They are created to inspire - with such intention (and titles), as Hope, Grace, Freedom and Furious Love.
Why Cushions? Recently I had someone ask me why am I making cushions and what does that have to do with hope? Cushions are soft and comfortable, they can be squeezed, laid on, cuddled and they look beautiful. We hold them to our chest in an embrace, or we lay on them, releasing the Spirit filled intention to our head or our heart. Colour is healing. Surrounding ourselves with beautiful things makes us feel better, makes us happy and this makes us hopeful. What you surround yourself with will create an atmosphere in your home and lives, so choose to surround yourself with hope.
It is a family affair, as Helen (mum) has partnered with me in this new pursuit. Helen sews all of the art cushions and I describe it as “old school craftsmanship”. Each and every one designed has been created with the highest integrity and quality and often the cushions are unique works of art in themselves, as Helen makes different designs, sizes and shapes with each one she creates. Along the journey we have made many beautiful things, as we have tried different fabrics and designs. We have created elaborate clutch purses, shoulder bags and makeup purses, the designs keep continuing...
It is a revolution of inspiring hope through colour & beauty in the face of global despair.
Our latest adventure is Studio 201, Square Edge Arts Centre, 47 The Square Palmerston North. We will have a display of our beautiful decor designs, as well as the new collection of original paintings and a space to run creative art workshops. Give us a call & come & visit, you are most welcome! Froyle ph: 022 322 8711 e: email@example.com