The rain has finally come to the Riebeek Valley and everything feels washed clean. Now the million's of Rands worth of germinating wheat seeds will have a chance to grow instead of wilting under the warm sun. Even those of us that only live on the outskirts of the farming community feel their relief. At the same time the weaving of my most recent newspaper tapestry "Second Trumpet" is complete and for some reason the coming of the rain feels significant to me.
I worked on the image for this piece during the protests a few months ago when farm workers were protesting their daily wage. While the protests in the valley were thank fully rather peaceful it was a time of tension and stress for the workers, farmers and communities living in the area especially while farms and vineyards were being burnt in the Darling area.
Just as I have finished weaving the smoke and fire for weeks on end the rain has come to give new life and vigour to the land and the people who live so closely to it. It has taken me 140 hours to weave and will take another week to work off completely, however, one of the best parts about finishing a tapestry is that I get to start the next.