This project to 'bring home' the magnificent 13th century illuminated manuscript (that, at the time of his death in 1926, belonged to Reginald Arthur Tatton of Cuerden Hall) is approaching a resolution. . . . . . but it is spawning more ventures!
Friday, 7 March 2014
The moles, and molecatchers, have been busy in Brindle. I understand parchment can be made out of all kinds of animal skin. So I skinned nine moles and soaked their skins in lime water. After removing their fur I stretched them on hoops made of willow.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
March - and the MA Interim Show
The Cuerden Psalter's roundel for March shows a figure pruning vines, and another carrying small pieces of wood. At this time of year I am always out and about with my secateurs cutting the pliable one year's growth from the hedge tops before the hedge cutter arrives. I tie each bundle with a cable tie so as to be able to tighten them when they shrink. I label each with the plant species, date and location where it was harvested. In Hampshire I have a long established list of my favourite foraging spots; service stations, industrial estates, neighbours' gardens and lanes, but here in Lancashire I have had to create a totally new map, and research local place names.
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