THE story of Creation will be explored in a new exhibition of twelve enormous embroidered panels.

Threads through Creation opens at Salisbury Cathedral on August 17.

Inspired by the poetic verses of Genesis, the first book in the Bible, textile artist Jacqui Parkinson reimagines this ancient story in a combination of eight million stitches, layers of silk, hand-dyed materials, metallic leathers and gold leaf.

Jacqui said: “I start simply with antique bedsheets, which hold their own tales of life and death. Then gradually build up my stories by quilting the sheets and painting them with fabric dyes. Once that is done, I add layers of silk, which I stitch into place using thick black thread and a free motion sewing machine. This allows me to construct my ‘drawings’ line upon line.

“My aim is to capture the wonderful extravagance of the Creation story and to delight people who view it. Despite Adam and Eve’s fall from grace, it remains a story of love and promise, something we can all do with these days.”

Some of the panels featured are as large as 2.5m by 3m/8ft by 11ft. 

Canon Robert Titley, the chair of Salisbury Cathedral’s Arts Advisory group added: “The exhibition is in place during Creationtide, when we celebrate God as creator and sustainer of all life and reflect in worship and prayer on our responsibilities towards the environment.

"It is a time when we acknowledge both the wonder of this earth and the fact that all is not well in the Garden of Eden. Jacqui’s panels reflect that challenge and share that hope.”

Threads through Creation will run until until September 26.


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