Revelation Threads

Thu, 12 May 2016 - Sun, 5 June 2016

On 19 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 old 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 appliqued on to create the final image in its entirety. As well as silks, the panels sometimes use delicate feathers, often with metallic finishes and occasional patches of real gold leaf. The work generates dramatic results, especially when caught in the light, 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 all visitors to the Cathedral.

Revelation Threads will be on display in St Albans Cathedral until Sunday 5th June 2015.

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