Our current exhibition, “Create to Commemorate” takes place between the Royal Cornwall Museum and Truro Cathedral. Here’s my own piece, “Banner of the Female saints of Cornwall,” hanging between the Archways of Truro Cathedral.
The saints included are (in descending order) St Ursula (who attempted a pilgrimage with a thousand maidens), St Non (the mother of St David), St Materiana (who built a church), St Julietta (who built a church at Tintagel), St Morwena (who built a church with her own bare hands), St Mabena (another church builder), St Endelienta (who owned a beloved cow), St Menfreda (who beat up the devil using just her comb), St Wenna (also a church builder), St Adwen (Cornwall’s own patron of young lovers), St Keria (church builder), St Keyne (a traveling holy woman with her own holy well), St Tetha (another church commissioner), St Ia (who got to Cornwall from Ireland via giant floating leaf), St Senara (who survived being thrown into the sea in the barrel, whilst also giving birth to her son St Budoc, before settling at the mermaid famous Zennor), St Kew (who also built a church… after taming a man eating bear (or boar)) and St Breaca (church builder and follower of Ireland’s own St Brigid).
On the back are lines from the hymn of St Endelienta.
Lessons learnt throughout this project and researching: Anglo Saxon women saints are tough as nails (and particularly excellent at leaf surfing).
Just as the title says. A lot’s happened, including giant parts of teapots in gardens:
My final year piece in Trelissick gardens, Men-an-Teapot was based upon Trelissick’s history with Spode china and far, far earlier history of Cornwall – specifically the more visual signs such of the neolithic such and Men-an-Tol:
Folklore states that passing a limb through the hole stone cures it of rickets and blesses babies. Let’s just say that since researching this project, my rucksack is now rickets free.
Also, somehow, in some (at this point) inconceivable time, summer happened and I found myself in collaborations. First there was a week at The Eden Project with us and Sue and Peter Hill with the brief ‘2 in 1.’ So we made a giant head:
Also, you can camp at Eden now. We certainly did. First night we spent in the all new ‘snug boxes, which are exactly what they say on the tin, or in this case, up-cycled and split freight containers:
Then came July and I suddenly found myself at the edge of the world to help in the crafty side of things at the (relatively new) Valentia Isle festival, Ireland:
See where that bit of land tears up? That’s where civilization ends until you get to America. If you have very good eyesight, you might just spot the tiny peaks of the Skelligs peeking through the mist. Valentia Isle is also home to one of the nicest little cafe/coffee/book shop and refuges from horrific weather I’ve been to:
It got tedious, the weather was out to personally murder us all, I’m sure I nearly collapsed from self caused exhaustion and I really, really want to do it again next year. Only next time I will definitely pack a tent that isn’t a Wilko cheapie that constantly collapses to the point of a mental breakdown on my behalf.
This project brief was to simply make a prototype lamp that had something unique about it. IN my case I decided to try and design and make one which could have an opening and closing function about the light to give some control over how much or little light was spreading out.
Initial ideas and concepts worked out using cardboard and other materials. Also working out the main mechanism.
Beginning to cut out the pieces of copper to work on. Copper and brass were the metals available at the time to buy. I made the piece using mainly solder. I also had to use some steel adhesive when it came to attaching the steel clamps I found.
The finished piece which uses an umbrella like system to open and close the lamp.