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Revelation Threads comes to St Albans Cathedral

On 19th April 2016, the magnificent textile exhibition, Revelation Threads, will go on show here at St Albans Cathedral.

Created by textile artist, Jacqui Parkinson, Revelation Threads is an exhibition of textile art created in response to the last book of the Bible, with the aim of retelling an extraordinary story. Raising issues of life and faith, good and evil, death and judgement, resurrection and a new Heaven and a new Earth, it has been designed as a set of fourteen panels, which have taken three years to complete.

Each panel starts as a plain cotton bedsheet which is then wadded and painted. Over that are stitched several layers of silk which are cut into, to reveal glimpses of the lower layers. The glorious top designs are then applied to create the final image in its entirety. As well as silks, the panels sometimes use feathers, often with metallic finishes and occasional patches of real gold leaf. The work generates dramatic results which will make it a wonderful temporary addition to the fabric of St Albans Cathedral.

Jacqui explains “I have always been fascinated by the book of Revelation - and always mystified. Revelation can seem a muddle of scrolls, trumpets, bowls, with lots of disasters and plaques – but it’s also a vision of a gloriously Holy God who has a wonderful plan for each of us and for the whole of creation.”

The exhibition promises to provide an absorbing and beautiful visual experience, which will appeal to both regular and non-regular visitors to the Cathedral.

The Sub Dean, Canon Richard Watson said “It is wonderful that we are able to show these beautiful artworks as part of the Cathedral’s ongoing life or prayer and worship.  I’d encourage everyone to view the exhibition not just the once, but to make the most of its long stay here – coming back and looking again; looking deeper and listening carefully to ‘what the Spirit is saying to the churches ‘ through the skill of the artist.”

Revelation Threads will be on display around the Cathedral until 5th June. For opening times, please visit www.stalbanscathedral.org. Entry is free.

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