How do you capture the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts? Here we get to see an interpretation from Gail Lawther, with wonderful pictures from her husband Chris, on our revisit to Harrogate .
A history in quilts
The history of the British Isles is a fascinating potpourri of different cultures languages and influences. This exhibition based on Gail’s beautiful book Glimpses of Britain, brings this history to life in a fascinating series of quilts.
Ancient ancestors left us giant stone structures; early Celtic tribes bequeathed us beautiful art; Norse invaders donated gees, surnames and priceless treasures; Norman conquerors produced the Domesday book and the Bayeux Tapestry Mediaeval craftsmen built spectacular cathedrals; Elizabethan explorers created an empire.
.. to modern
In the 18th century we kick-started the Industrial Revolution; in the 19th we gave the world Jane Austen and in the 20th we welcomed people from many other nations, and became the centre of pop culture.
24 fascinating depictions
From Stonehenge to space exploration; from Boadicea to the Beatles; tea-drinking to the Tube Map; the Giant’s Causeway to the Jurassic Coast; the 24 quilts in this book celebrate different aspect of life in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales Gail has created 24 spectacular quilts.
In the book you will find answers to such important questions as:
- Why you have to watch out for hippopotami in Leeds?
- Where in our seas you can find the Blue Men?
- Who gets the prize for being our worst poet?
- Why the Vikings burned their boats?
- What global warming will really do to our islands?
- Where Tess of the d’Urbervilles spent her final night of freedom?
- What a leucippotamist does for a living
Buy it now
Gail’s book is our Book of the Month in May 2021 and comes with free P&P in the UK for the month. Click here to buy Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther