Display of textiles at St Albans Cathedral is just a Revelation

Jacqui with one of the panels

Jacqui with one of the panels - Credit: Archant

A Revelation in threads in a set of 14 large panels goes on display in St Albans Cathedral from next Tuesday, April 19.

The exhibition created by textile artist Jacqui Parkinson in response to Revelation, the last book of the Bible, has taken three years to complete.

The panels raise issues of life and faith, good and evil, death and judgement, resurrection and a new Heaven and a new Earth.

As well as silks, the panels sometimes use delicate feathers, often with metallic finishes and occasional patches of real gold leaf. The work generates dramatic results, especially when caught in the light.

Jacqui explained: “I have always been fascinated by the book of Revelation - and always mystified. Revelation can seem a muddle of scrolls, trumpets, bowls, with lots of disasters and plagues – but it’s also a vision of a gloriously Holy God who has a wonderful plan for each of us and for the whole of creation.”


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The Sub Dean, Canon Richard Watson said “It is wonderful that we are able to show these beautiful artworks as part of the cathedral’s ongoing life of prayer and worship. I’d encourage everyone to view the exhibition not just the once, but to make the most of its long stay here – coming back and looking again; looking deeper and listening carefully to ‘what the Spirit is saying to the churches ‘ through the skill of the artist.”

Revelation Threads will be on display around the Cathedral until June 5. Admission is free and opening times can be found here.

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