Monday, 16 July 2012

Folded Books in Frome

Some of the super results of our Folded Books workshop in Frome.
Look at the fabulous coffee dyed calico in the top right hand corner. . . well done Ben!
More pictures in the previous post.

Friday, 6 July 2012

In search of the saints. . .

 Mike and I have just had a lovely holiday in Northumberland, it was such beautiful countryside, wild, woolly and ofttimes wet.
I went in search of the saints from the golden age of Northumbria, gathering stories for my talks.
We found hidden churches, like this one at Old Bewick, there was a stream just behind where I stood to take the picture and an ancient clapper bridge which lead to an old pathway.
This old path got me thinking, about the people who, over the centuries have made their way down through the fields, over the little clapper bridge to the church . . . . .

 In the churchyard at Alnwick we found this charming cherub.
I've spent many years collecting angels and this one is right up my street. . .her thighs need working on, just like mine!

I'm sure she'll find her way into some stitched creation. . . .
 We spent a lovely , sunny day on Holy Island, where St. Cuthbert lived in the 7th century and where the priceless illuminated manuscript,the  Lindisfarne Gospels were made in his honour.

In the picture you can see Lindisfarne castle in the background and in front, an ingenious use of an old discarded fishing boat.

 In the parish church these life size wooden monks are carrying the coffin of St. Cuthbert as they did during their flight from Lindisfarne when the Viking raiders came .

We walked across the fields at Duddo to find  a strange stone circle, 4000 years old.
The stones looked like giant misshapen teeth.
 I wish you could feel the atmosphere there, the sun strong on our faces and silence, except for the skylarks.

I also went to see an exhibition of stitched textiles in Alnwick. There were about 80 exhibits, all made by the Northumbrian artist Helen Cowans. It was wonderful, have a look at her work here.