To produce a hanging for an exhibition at St Nicholas Church, Gloucester as part of the Three Choirs Festival in August 2010.
St Nicholas is a church located in the centre of Gloucester, a short walk from the cathedral, and dates back to the 12th century. It is no longer used for services but remains consecrated and is open to the public in spring and summer, frequently hosting art exhibitions. The church is noted for its pronounced lean which can be clearly seen when you stand in the nave – the pillars on the north side lean outwards as does the archway. During the week-long festival, there will be an exhibition of quilts in the centre nave and other artwork under the tower, along the north wall and on pews - this is where the hanging will be. The church will also be used for a number of music workshops and concerts.
As this is an historic building, there can be no alteration or damage to the fabric of the church i.e. it is not possible to attach hooks or nails to the walls, although anything already there can be used. However, the curator is happy to tie items around the pillars, throw lines over beams or existing cables or hang very large artworks from the tower. In addition, there is a hinged pair of six foot hanging screens available and items can be placed on the floor under the tower, propped against walls and placed on pews.
The building is consecrated so although artwork need not be religious, it must not be offensive or disrespectful of the Christian faith.
|St Nicholas Church from Westgate street.|
|Mock-up of hanging in situ.|
Following on from my earlier posts, I have decided to pursue the idea of using tucks to emphasise the design. As it would be difficult to back the hanging after it has been distorted, I tried another sample with a dark backing to see that the effect with two layers is still what I want. It does make the tucks appear softer, so in the sample shown below I tried slashing them to add some drama. You can also see in the lighter section that I experimented with kantha stitching but felt it was too organised
|Sample showing slashed tucks on left.|