Cathedral Windows

Hidden Revealed Transformed – Part 2

The Cathedral Windows series was inspired by a visit to the Medieval Wells Cathedral in the City of Wells, near Bath in UK. We were told the story of a how all the beautiful stained glass fell out of the windows due to the deterioration of the lead surrounding the glass. Unable to redo the intricate jigsaw of broken pieces, the window was restored “as best they could” but never the same.

Cathedral Window #1

Cathedral Window #1

Detail - CW #1

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Cathedral Windows #2

Cathedral Windows #2

 

 

Detail #2

Detail #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathedral Windows #3

Cathedral Windows #3

Detail 1 - CW #3

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These works are made from hand woven Cambodian silk organza. The prints are from my son’s drawings and old family letters. Simple hand stitch has been used to highlight some areas. The piecing and machine stitch is inspired by Bojagi techniques. Each panel is approx 100 x 45cm.

And yes, we went to the City of Wells on our way to Bath because my husband couldn’t resist the side trip to his namesake. Although, as far as we know there is no family connection.

2 thoughts on “Cathedral Windows

  1. I’ve never been to Wells but I love Bath so next time I’m there will call in. i take it that there were no photographs of the cathedral windows from which to reconstruct the patterns accurately. A gift idea for an artist and you executed the concept beautifully!

    • Thanks Margaret. I love Bath too! I heard this story on a visit over ten years ago, so the idea has been with me for a long time. I have no knowledge of what period of time the window collapsed. I imagine not in recent times as there appears to be no original photographs nor were there any preventative repairs made.

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