Their textile response to the Celtic Ogham Tree Calendar has gone on for years and the posting was originally scheduled for April 2020 but was unfortunately delayed by the pandemic.
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The 21 individually designed panels, each measuring 100 x 60 cm, reflect the mythology, folklore and distinctive features of the native trees of Great Britain as depicted in the Celtic Ogham, an ancient alphabet and calendar comprising trees such as oak, apple tree, willow and ash.
The group recently exhibited the panels at The Crafty Owl in Elland and were delighted to show the work to acclaimed Hebden Bridge-based artist Kate Lycett, who kindly visited the shop / studio where the group meets regularly.
Kate said: “Meeting you all was just lovely! I loved the work and the stories involved. I loved that you included long-preserved treasures; pieces of embroidery and fabric and student sketches kept for decades for this same project. It’s just the kind of thing I do; I have drawers of ink scraps sorted by color, tiny, but too precious to throw away .
“You made me feel like I had found my tribe!” “
Kate is expected to attend the opening of the exhibit in Halifax Minster on Friday, September 10 alongside the Mayor of Calderdale.
Piecemakers Artistic Director Annie Lancaster said: “Each panel depicts a tree with the tree’s letter and number as well as details relating to the mythology, history, botany, pharmacology and religion of the tree. this tree and also emphasizes the importance of bees in pollination.
“Join us over the Heritage Day weekend, September 11 and 12, to add a few pieces to our large Tree designer rag rug when you visit the exhibition.”