In 2006, the Deo Gloria Trust commissioned textile artist Jacqui Frost to create the first of a series of hand-stitched exhibitions which would travel around the cathedrals and churches of England. The result is a remarkable series of ten stand-alone exhibitions.
Each of the exhibitions is put together using a Bible theme and aims to be contemporary and accessible to all. The challenge is to tell each person a little bit more about God and to invite a response, particularly from those who do not know Christ as their Saviour.
Visit the exhibitions
The exhibitions are loaned to cathedrals to display and may be seen at Bristol, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Leicester, Rochester and at York Minster. Visit http://www.cathedralexhibition.org.uk for more information and the exhibition diary. You can also see some more gorgeous photos of the exhibition panels on Facebook.
Book: threads through life and faith
A book of all ten of the Cathedral Exhibitions is now available, which explores the themes and artwork in greater detail.
The book stands on its own: there is no need for the reader to have seen any of the exhibits as each one is illustrated in its own chapter, with glorious full page colour photographs and words from the artist about how each set was conceived, designed and made. threads through life and faith explores a personal response to each theme with poems and biblical quotations and references. The book will allow the reader to appreciate and enjoy more deeply the beauty of these stunning works.
Buy the book for £20 from the Deo Gloria Trust and from some cathedral bookshops.
About the artist
Jacqui Frost has a background in performance art, and this is clearly reflected in her work as a textile artist. You sense her love of the spectacular and feel the drama in many of her pieces. She is also fascinated by intricate and personal work involving words, images and objects. Her Christian faith underpins all her art. She often includes words, sometimes precise extracts from the bible, or words that sum up ideas and feelings to form part of a graphic narrative and to draw the viewer in.
Visit her website at http://www.jacqui-textile.com/.