Join us at Cumberland Lodge to explore the hand embroidered works of the artist, poet and lawyer, Romola Parish, in our 'Crying in the Silicon Wilderness' exhibition.
'Crying in the Silicon Wilderness' features 14 original works, each of which is designed as a contemporary icon, to inspire meditation, prayer or reflection.
Together, the works form a sequence or a journey, exploring the nature of faith, with captions that serve as prompts to stimulate thought and reflection rather than to explain the content of the image.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book that teams each work with a poem by the artist, to further expand on the meanings behind the images.
The book is available from Reception for £10. It also includes an introduction by Romola, some extended meditations, and information about the embroidery techniques used in the exhibition.
About the artist
Romola trained at the Royal School of Needlework after completing a Masters degree in Creative Writing, specialising in poetry, at the University of Oxford. She also works in the City as a planning and environment lawyer. She hails from Bedfordshire but has travelled a lot in her career and now lives in Oxfordshire.
Speaking about her art, she said: "My creative work seeks to bring into the light, and give expression to, those things which are hidden or mute, or which ghost beneath the surface. Faith is trans-rational and I found that a creative approach to it helped me in my own explorations into what it is that I believe."
Romola trained in traditional hand embroidery techniques, including Jacobean crewelwork and Elizabethan goldwork. She uses this rigorous grounding as a starting point but adapts the stitchwork to create specific effects and textures, mixing goldwork with crewel work, and incorporating additional techniques such as raised embroidery, quilting, beadwork and felting.
Additional open mornings
Cumberland Lodge will be hosting further public open mornings for the exhibition in August, September and October, on the following Saturdays from 10am-12.30pm:
- 5 August 2017
- 16 September 2017
- 7 October 2017
- 21 October 2017
Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.