Connection: Processional Way by Judith Barker

Processional Way by Judith Barker

Processional Way by Judith Barker

Processional Way by Judith Barker

This quilt continues a series of work about prehistoric landscapes, with burial barrows and routes to sacred places. Stonehenge and Avebury in Wiltshire are linked by a long path known as the processional way.  It may have been used for formal processions with hundreds of people, or for pilgrimages and journeys with small groups – we can never know, so we have room to imagine.

I visited the wonderful ancient Irish sites in 2013 and used images carved into their massive stones as the starting point for my design in this quilt, but interpreted the design – probably a sundial – to reflect the journeys made for festivals and ceremonies across a landscape rich with traces of an even older past.

Hand-dyed cotton from Heide Stoll-Weber; machine quilting; hand embroidery; fabric paint.

This quilt is part of the Connection touring exhibition by Cwilt Cymru currently showing at Forge Mill Needle Museum in Redditch.

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