His inspiration for the Mulberry Eva stemmed from their visit to the medieval town of Cortina d’Ampezzo, in the Italian Alps, anno domini 1997. They lodged at the Hotel Cortina on Corso Italia 92, favorably located in the centre of town. Following a day of the skillful navigation of Alpine trees, adorned high atop ivory powdered slopes, they would rendezvous at his mountain retreat, 1,224 meters above sea level. In anticipation of their frigid arrival was roasted duck, a 1982 Château Haut-Brion, and a stone fireplace, built of medieval masonry.
It was an audacious chesterfield of red velvet, eight-way hand tied, and finished with a lockstitch of white silk. The frame was Ceylon ebony, which he sculpted by hand, into a formidable support to accommodate the breadth of silks and goose feathers he was to employ. Within the crimson cushions of the back support, he utilized gold thread to embroider a symmetrical series of the fleur-de-lis. Such appliqué, the embroidery in particular, was not a task for the abrupt. The work required the skill of a still hand, which had consumed a considerable portion of his days, since he insisted upon the use of natural light in his work. All foretold, the construction would outlast the winter.
Still, he was undeterred.
For he was akin to those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed.
As the helicopter continued its ascent over the French principality, Maxwell continued his gaze over the snow covered Alps in the distance, the apricot embers of a foregone fireplace, still adept at keeping him warm.
Implode. Part LXXXIII – DK