When Sylvia mentioned the landscapes theme for blogs I was reluctant to begin with but my love and fascination with history got the better of me. From my school days I have been very interested in our countries history, especially the Tudors and Stuart’s era. I could not believe my luck when the icon building I was given is one of the most famous and oldest building used for many uses occasions in our countries history and to the present day.
I began to research the history of the building durning this time i realised I have never visited this fascinating building. I asked my son what he knew of the building he said it burnt down! He is always so helpful, when I probed further he thought it was in the the great fire that started in a bakery in pudding lane (he’s 12 years old so everything evolves around food). When I knew had time I began to research the history of the building. Sylvia gave me St Paul’s cathedral. I knew the current icon building was not the original cathedral that has stood on this site. Wikipedia had the briefest but most informative piece of research I found which I would like to share with you.
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, is an Anglican cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. It sits on Ludgate Hill at the highest point of the City of London and is a Grade I listed building. Its dedication to Paul the Apostle dates back to the original church on this site, founded in AD 604. The present cathedral, dating from the late 17th century, was designed in the English Baroque style by Sir Christopher Wren. Its construction, completed in Wren’s lifetime, was part of a major rebuilding programme in the City after the Great Fire of London. The cathedral building largely destroyed in the Great Fire, now often referred to as Old St Paul’s Cathedral, was a central focus for medieval and early modern London, including Paul’s walk and St Paul’s Churchyard being the site of St Paul’s Cross.
The cathedral is one of the most famous and most recognisable sights of London. Its dome, framed by the spires of Wren’s City churches, has dominated the skyline for over 300 years. At 365 feet (111 m) high, it was the tallest building in London from 1710 to 1967. The dome is among the highest in the world. St Paul’s is the second-largest church building in area in the United Kingdom after Liverpool Cathedral.
Services held at St Paul’s have included the funerals of Admiral Nelson, the Duke of Wellington, Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher; jubilee celebrations for Queen Victoria; peace services marking the end of the First and Second World Wars; the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer; the launch of the Festival of Britain; and the thanksgiving services for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees and the 80th and 90th birthdays of Queen Elizabeth II. St Paul’s Cathedral is the central subject of much promotional material, as well as of images of the dome surrounded by the smoke and fire of the Blitz.
After reading this I was at a loss as to how to make a piece of work to capture the history and feeling of this amazing building. I considered many options, one was to show the history of the building, another to look at a feature from inside (which my research discovered many beautiful features and pieces).
Then I settled on the shape of the iconic building which is recognised worldwide. The iconic dome roof of the building must have been a structure that in its day people would have marvelled at, today it’s still an incredible piece of architecture. I had decided to appliqué the silhouette of the building shape onto the fabric to make a runner for a desk in my sewing room. It took me days to decide upon the colour, the building has so many uses. I decided that whenever I visit a cathedral I feel relaxed and I find them to be tranquil places so I decided to use shades of blue.
I have been trying to learn how to free motion quilt, so this piece was an opportunity I could not miss, I decided upon a gentle scribble design as the building means many things to many different people, some will remember it for funerals, weddings and christenings.
This piece of work has been a pleasure to make and a lovely way to look into the history of a astounding building, I have really enjoyed this place and may consider to participate in more of these themes.
Thanks for reading.