STITCHING TALK WITH SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER BRIDGET GUEST
Wednesday 8th November 2017 1:00-2:00pm
Discover the secrets and stories behind the Quaker Tapestry with Bridget Guest
Bridget is passionate about the Quaker Tapestry, embroidery and community art. Since 1994 she has managed the Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal. She teaches, designs and inspires others to enjoy embroidery.
The Quaker Tapestry is a modern community textile of 77 colourful panels of embroidery, made by 4,000 men, women and children from 15 countries between 1981 and 1996. The panels chronicle 350 years of remarkable people and events.
The Tapestry shows the Quaker influence on the modern world and explores the industrial revolution, developments in science and medicine, astronomy, the abolition of slavery, penal and social reform, ecology, business and finance. Many of these concerns are still relevant in the work that Quakers are involved with today.
Bridget has many stories to tell about the Tapestry from its humble beginnings in 1981, of the people involved, why it is so inspiring to others and what it means to those who are involved in keeping this work alive for future generations.
Bridget’s film, book and kits share the unique embroidery techniques of the Quaker Tapestry. Workshops at the museum and throughout the country (and overseas) help students to create their own textile projects, both small and large.
One of the ‘six best tapestries’ to see, as described by traveller and writer Alexander McCall Smith in THE TIMES: “It is a quiet and calm tapestry, like the Quakers themselves”.