Monday, 30 May 2011

The Quaker Tapestry - Kendal

Just returned from a very rainy week in the Lake District. Apart from the stunnning scenery, the most memorable and inspiring part of the holiday was the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition at Kendal. While all 77 of the panels were amazing in both their subject matter and their technical execution, I was particulary taken with the title panel, The Prism, a real visual treat in terms of colour and design. For its sheer poignancy, I loved Panel E6 Elizabeth Fry and the Patchwork Quilts. Visiting the convict ships in the first half of the 19th century, Elizabeth Fry gave each woman prisoner a bag filled with everything needed to make a patchwork quilt, both to help them to endure the tedium of the journey and to show of their sewing skills on arrival in Australia. For more information about the Exhibition see http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk/