I’m still doodling daily – only now I’m focusing it more on a new project with The Spring Arts and Heritage centre in Havant based around heritage and community. Havant has a history in glove making that’s grabbed me, so my daily doodle has somewhat turned slowly into daily glove practice for the time being. It’s doodling with stitch I suppose.
So last week on Monday I was sitting in the middle of Birmingham Cathedral Square with a sewing machine and a whole lot of fabric (and there’s footage of it too). The project for Graduates was done by Craftspace who help to promote craft and wanted us to demonstrate our skills to the public and get them involved. Mine involved a look into the lives of those who are buried at the cathedral, plus a little trail.
Each character was drawn in ink, scanned and digitally printed onto fabric (the background I just painted with fabric ink). There are some rather interesting lives if you start digging a little. I might do a later post with a little more in depth about each character I portrayed. At Birmingham you’ve got the wife of John Baskerville (Of Baskerville Old Face font fame – she has her own font, Mrs Eaves, now), the living embodiment of Lord Flashheart in Fredrick Gustavus Burnaby and the more-and-more-interesting-the-further-you-look-into-it family dramas of the gunmaking Grice family.
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).