Fevered Threads 14

Fevered Threads
Bess’ Tapestry (Andruss) As we saw women traditionally wove not only cloth, but also spells. This is how labour-intensive weaving was: In 2003 Dr Jacqi Wood recreated a collared hood beautifully preserved in a peat bog. A collared hood includes a yoke sitting over the the chest and upper back. Using early medieval technology, Dr ...

Women’s Work 21

Women's Work
Threads I span These I weave Then I cut   No one has any idea when weaving started. Perhaps it originated long before we were even human. Chimpanzees loosely weave branches and leaves into sleeping platforms in the trees. It is likely proto-humans wove baskets, not only to carry goods but also to fish. A ...

Futurist Manifesto 16

Futurist Manifesto
The Futurist Manifesto, written in Milan by the poet Filippo Marinetti in 1909, vehemently rejected the past in favour of humanity’s technical triumph over nature. It celebrated industrialisation, machinery and speed, especially motor cars and aeroplanes. Some of the declarations in the Manifesto make for strange reading – promoting aggression and violent change, and worshipping ...

Hic Jacet Arthur 14

Hic Jacet Arthur
In 1190 a major fire destroyed a large part of Glastonbury Abbey. During the restoration, monks claimed to have discovered King Arthur’s grave in the Abbey grounds. In the grave were the bones of a giant man, some smaller bones, and a fragment of golden hair. There was also a lead cross with an inscription ...

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas 21

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas
  What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason. How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel. In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world. The paragon of animals. And yet, to me, man delights me not. No, ...
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