This week’s theme at Every Inchie Monday is cathedral and I have a whole pot-pourri of inchies to share. One way or another, cathedrals have had quite a significance in my life. Firstly, when I was growing up, the majority of our family holidays were taken in this country and visiting cathedrals was always part of the deal. I clearly remember the impact of visiting Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral which seemed like an ice rink. I’ve probably been to most of England’s cathedrals with one notable exception – Canterbury. By the time I got to be a bolshy teenager, cathedral visits were so ingrained I never thought to question it or create a fuss. Furthermore, it didn’t put me off visiting some cathedrals further afield – Cologne, Valencia, St Mark’s, Notre Dame and Chartres.
Then, in the later part of his ministry, my Uncle was a bishop. Firstly, he was suffragan Bishop of Lancaster and then, for the ten years until he retired, he became Bishop of Carlisle. He was also one of the 26 bishops who sat in the House of Lords. But to me, he was just Unk, who married me and my husband and baptised both my sons.
So, the first three inchies are inspired by my Uncle. You can probably see that the first is gold glitter pen on blue card and is simply the pattern from his cope.
The next one was made by stamping and heat embossing in gold and is the pattern on the ceiling of Carlisle Cathedral.
The final one in this trio is from a cope that was designed by Judith Peacock. If I remember rightly, her inspiration was the grasses of Cumbria.
So now it will come as no surprise to you that whilst studying for A’Level art, my written study was of ecclesiastical embroidery. This required yet more visits to cathedrals, including a return to Liverpool where the impact was just the same. However, it is the smaller cathedral of Derby that inspired my next set of inchies. I was lucky enough to have personal guided tour by Canon Leonard Childs (now deceased) who was a leading designer of church vestments and a skilled embroider.
These inchies are based on the amazing stained glass windows, designed by Ceri Richards, and the copes, designed by Leonard Childs, that the windows inspired.
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