Size (H x W cm) approx: 52 x 60
Not for sale
Materials: Warp - goat hair and cotton. Weft includes wool, linen, waste silk, metal threads and hand-spun washi paper.
What the artist says:
The rugged stone castle has dominated Richmond, where I live, since it was built in 1071 to consolidate William the Conqueror’s Harrying of the North, his ethnic cleansing of native northern tribes.
From a pavement cafe under the outer keep, now a chapel on its west side and a military museum on its east, I watch people greeting each other in the cobbled marketplace and see youngsters furtively disappearing down a snicket between two shops to a hostel for homeless ex-soldiers. Tourists meanwhile gawp at knick-knack shops. Lives lived cheek-by-jowl.
Richmond lies at the edge of the northern Yorkshire Dales. Its buildings and street names - Finkle, Wynd, Newbiggin, Shitten Alley - are as much a reflection of its history as the jumble of buildings that lie haphazardly in and around the castle wherever space permits; open doors on bin day reveal not a house but passages and alleyways leading to multiple dwellings.