Flying Free by Leonie Bryant

Machine Embroidery by Leonie Bryant

Magic Carpet by Leonie Bryant

Leonie Bryant - A Retrospective

Leonie Bryant died on April 29 2006. She was one of the first to travel the Soul Food Silk Road with le Enchanteur.

You will find her work from that journey and tributes from the Soul Food Community at the Lemurian Hermitage Art Room (May 2006) which honours her memory.

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Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there.
I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle Autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning:s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there.
I did not die.
(poem by Mary Frye)

Introducing Leonie Bryant

I was originally attracted to this site because of the name, Soul Food Café. I lurked around for a time and felt inadequate. Writing wasn't my thing! I struggled to find my way around the site, always getting lost.

Then along comes a real invitation to go on a trip, a Trip to Umbria with Le Enchanteur. She promised us excitement and adventure and at the same time helping us to become more proficient in exploring the Soul Food Café. I knew this was something I wanted to do. I have had the most wonderful time.

My journey has been filled with adventure, excitement and at times reflection and quiet. I have so enjoyed writing as I have journeyed along with some wonderful people travelling the same way. My first love is art in textiles. I love to work with fabric and thread.

Together with some friends who had studied with me, I had my first exhibition last year. My experience this year, with the support of our wonderful Le Enchanteur, has given me more energy in my creative pursuits.

Leonie Bryant

At the Well of Forgiveness

There once was a woman who was hard working, loyal, honest and modest. She cared for others, loved her family and was very hard on herself. However, a battle raged within her. She wanted to fly. She fluttered her wings, rattled the cage and then her fear and guilt won over. She would settle back down to her life which actually was a quite a happy one.

Time passed, many years later she discovered there were reasons she had stayed locked up. The need to fly became more urgent, she knew she could not fly while she was locked in the cage. So rattle the cage she did, until the lock was broken. There was freedom to fly, to soar high up into the sky.

She could not believe the freedom she experienced. Everything looked so different from up above. She spent many hours gliding around, allowing her dreams to come true.

Leonie Bryant

Work at Soul Food

Reflection at Baba Yaga's.
Unknown Rider
Night Road
Lady Lotus
Isle of White Owl
Seeds of the Future
Surprise Surprise

Artefacts at Soul Food

Baba Yaga Doll
Machine Poppies
Soul Hand
Peace Candle
Gingko Tree