AFTERMATH: things to do
AFTERMATH: sewing seeds
Would you like to join a St James's sewing bee? Do you enjoy sewing or embroidery? We are hoping to make a SEED TIME wall-hanging and altar frontal for the side-chapel during the summer and autumn. A range of sewing skills will be required from measuring and cutting pre-printed designs, patchwork, appliqué to sewing-on lots of small beads and hemming.
Five alternative designs have been developed - all based on mono-prints by Sara Mark of the seeds on our list of ’weeds‘ prepared by Professor Salisbury in the aftermath of the Blitz in 1940s.
Please vote for your favourite at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dandelion seeds blow across three panels of pale gold and grey coloured sheer-fabric panels, printed and then scattered with small black glass beads. Lit to create a floating effect on the wall. While under the altar, seeds of Musk Mallow and Dandelion settle into the dark - ready to spring into new life.
A Dandelion seed has floated to earth and without delay thrusts its tap root down into the soil of its new home. The wall hanging is made of three grey sheer fabric panels depicting Musk Mallow seeds. The green tap-root forms the dramatic focus for the altar frontal with two Mallow seeds.
3. WEED PATCH
A Variety of seeds: Speedwell, Chickweed, Knotweed, Corn Chamomile and more, create a patchwork-quilt wall hanging and frontal. The seeds would be digitally printed onto cotton and then hand stitched and quilted in the traditional manner.
The inspiration for this design is the Japanese tradition of making and mending clothes called Boro. Worn and tattered fabrics are repaired and patched together, often many layers thick to form warm, practical work-clothing. This is the ultimate re-cycling of clothes elevated to an art-form. It seems an appropriate technique for weeds and their ability to make-do and thrive in difficult circumstances. The inside of the garment could be lined with green silk perhaps - a metaphor for new growth emerging from the old husks of seeds. It is a crucifix of sorts ...
5. SEED DROP
Loosely based on the wonderful Grinling Gibbons reredos behind the main altar, this hanging is made up of 4 sheer panels of pale-gold cloth digitally printed with a variety of St James's weed-seeds. All falling to earth to spring up from where they fall. The cross could be a shadow projected from a hidden light-source behind the altar. Hundreds of tiny glass-beads are sewn on to simulate a scattering of wind-blown seeds.
Are you a Crafter, Sewer, Artist, Gardener, Botanist, Theatre-maker, Traveller, Author, Historian, Scientist, Story-teller . . . ?
You are warmly invited to participate!
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Keep an eye on this space and the blog for opportunities.
As you can see, the scope is very broad; we hope you are as excited as we are!