Size (H x W cm) approx: 80 x 90
Not for sale
Materials: Linen warp, primitive sheep natural fibres from Güte and hefted Swaledale sheep. The coloured threads are Spælsau .
What the artist says:
My weaving is inspired by the Norwegian 12th century Baldishol tapestry. The Norsemen were a force for good here in the Northern Dales; bringing their sheep with them in their longboats the men came to find land to farm. The small fragment showing two spring months is all that’s left of the Baldishol tapestry, whereas the influence of the Norsemen in upland farming still remains in place-names, ways of sheep management, land tenancy arrangements and inheritance. Non-conformism developed out of their resilience and support for everyone in the community.
I have personalised motifs from the Baldishol tapestry by depicting my grandchildren and their generation marching towards a future that is unknown to all of us.