How do you capture the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts? Here we get to see an intreptation from Gail on our revist to Harrogate .
A history in quilts
The history of the British Isles is a fascinating pot-pourri of different cultures languages and influences. This exhibiiton, which is 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; from tea-drinking to the Tube Map; from 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 watchout 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’Urbevilles spent her final night of freedom?
- What a leucippotamist does for a living
Buy it now
You can buy Glimpses of Britain from our shop.
We are thrilled to tell you that Gail will be joining us at a quilt retreat for a Beautiful Birds weekend in May 2018 at the majestic Beaumont Estate in Windsor and if you would like to learn more about this – just click here.