Light in a dark night

Some of you may know that I have been exploring and pondering where and how I would like my work to be seen and make an impact.   I’ve recently made a piece of fibre art which I am giving away via an online raffle to promote a very special charity.

I’ve made an accordion book from silk and handmade paper.  I call this little book a prayer book.  It is quite small and the pictures and words invite contemplation.  It  measures 3 1/2″ X 5 1/2″ when closed and extends to 18″.

My prayer book is made from images of Lacock Abbey, Wilstshire, UK and a Chartres-style labyrinth at Meyers Park Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC.

I printed them onto silk dupioni, fused them to buckram and stitched around the arcs and shadows with gold metallic thread.

The other side of the book is designed with a detail from Chartres labyrinth and a quote from Thomas Merton.  I printed these onto handmade paper which has been washed with gold paint.

“The darkness becomes an atmosphere of breathless clarity
in which we find peace
and the deep night becomes the brightness of the noonday sun
in which we find the one our heart desires”.
– Thomas Merton

When we have a dark night of the soul, we don’t have to go it alone.  We might read some inspirational writing from one who has gone before.  Or we may turn to our vicar, priest, minister or another religious figure for solace, guidance and support. But where and to whom can he or she turn when they hit the wall?

The Sheldon Centre provides a restful environment, gentle hospitality and therapeutic resources to people in ministry from all denominations, who come to Sheldon for help and support in times of stress, crisis, burnout or breakdown.  They are currently raising funds to rebuild their most out of date accommodation –  the Long Barn.  To find out more, click here.

I am holding an online raffle to raise money for the Long Barn Appeal. I’m asking for an online donation to support a very worthy cause AND the chance to win a beautiful piece of fibre art.  You can find your way to a charity giving page here if you’d like to make a donation and enter the raffle.  Donations can be made from any country and in any denomination.  On Sunday 19th September, I will draw a winner at random from all of the people who have made a donation.

This prayer book may help you to find your way in a dark time. Your donation will certainly help to provide a place for others to find their way.

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