My name is Froyle Neideck, I am a professional visual artist and I have been painting and exhibiting for twenty years, inbetween raising my family and pursuing life. I want to tell you a story about hope, colour and great possibilities.
Last year 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 make people feel good. It’s not complicated, I want 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, texture and the spirit from which I create.
This is the intention and expression 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.
We have literally taken my richly coloured paintings off the canvas and printed them onto fabric, which is then made into beautiful things, such as 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. 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. Each design has been created from my original paintings with such intention as courage, grace and freedom. As a cushion this hope filled intention is cuddled and embraced and held close to the heart. We are intentionally releasing hope through everything we create.
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. They are all unique and beautiful, but I have always been looking for the material that would make the perfect scarf.
Then, after nearly a year, we have finally found it! The perfect scarf material! It is so very soft (polyester), it prints sharp and clean and bleeds through to the back side. Finally we have the very thing that started this whole pursuit. We can literally wrap people in my art. All the colour, beauty, passion and good intention can literally cover someone. Especially someone sick, especially someone dying.
In Acts 19:12, the scripture says that fabric touched Paul and the anointing of God was transferred onto the scarves and hankies, and as the disciples sent out the fabric it healed the sick. I know this God of miracle working power and I know that in the name of Jesus, all things are possible (Matt 19:26).
We are now sending scarfs on assignment. Filled with hope and prayers for healing, we are sending out scarfs to people in need. We do not sell them, we send them on assignment, because sometimes there are things worth more than money. We have certain people sponsoring this vision and at this stage it is by word of mouth. We hear about someone sick and we send a scarf. Beautiful, soft, saturated in colour and hope and it arrives in the post to be a blessing and a comfort.
We are so excited with the process of our journey. You can join with us, sponsor a scarf or have one sent on assignment. You can also pray for us and the people we are loving on and you can shop online buy original paintings and art cushions and fill your life with colour and beauty.
This is a revolution to inspire hope through colour and beauty in the face of global despair.
Would you like to know more? Have you got questions?
email Froyle: firstname.lastname@example.org