It seems times never change

Well, I just had to post this, didn’t I.    Thanks to Apra Ames Roberts for it.
Cartoon on tapestry, Apra Ames Roberts
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Harold and William in animation

An animation of the Bayeux Tapestry, yes really!   Many thanks to our Committee Member, Tony O’Connor, for finding it and passing it on to us.

It has been about since 2009 apparently, but we have only just heard of it.       

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry was created as a student project while at Goldsmiths College.    Just as the historic original embroidery does, the animation depicts the lead up to the Norman Invasion of England in 1066.   It starts about halfway through the original work at the appearance of Halley’s Comet and ends at William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings.   Marc Sylvan redid the soundtrack to include original music and sound effects.

Here’s the link to the video.

Animation by David Newton;                  Music and sound design by Marc Sylvan.

New information found on the Bayeux Tapestry

We have found a very interesting report on the website about recent findings concerning the Bayeux Tapestry.

A researcher at the University of Manchester, Alex Makin who is a professional embroiderer, has examined the back of the embroidery and has concluded it is likely that the same group of people worked on it under the supervision of the same person.    Until now it has been believed that a group of women, probably nuns, worked in different places throughout England and then the nine sections of embroidered linen panels were stitched together and more embroidery hid the joins.   Mrs Makin has also discovered from the way the stitches overlap in what order the different parts were sewn, that the outlines were stitched first and then filled in with colours in a set order.   But it is still not known how many women worked on it, who they were, or where they worked.

The Tapestry is more than 900 years old and is 70 metres long.   It is on display at the Museum of William the Conqueror in Bayeux.   It is not technically a tapestry as the embroidered cloth was not woven.   Mrs Makin has said that the style of work is consistent throughout and of a high standard.

The article goes on to quote Sylvette Lemagnen, Curator of the Bayeux Tapestry, who said: “I am delighted with this study, which I believe to be fundamental to the understanding of the Bayeux Tapestry.   I have always been convinced that historians would benefit from establishing a dialogue with specialist embroiderers and Alexandra Makin has that rare quality of being expert in both fields.   Her detailed, impartial analysis of the back of the tapestry has helped to correct misunderstandings of how the Bayeux Tapestry was made.”

Sylvette is well known to us and visited Waltham Abbey with three of her colleagues for King Harold Day in 2006.   Our Vice Chairman, Isabelle Perrichon, who is French maintains telephone links with Sylvette and visited the Bayeux festival at her invitation.

The full story can be read here.



Bayeux embroidery comes to Waltham Abbey

A work of art that is an amazing achievement will be coming to King Harold Day this autumn.   It is an embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry, (which is itself actually an embroidery).

The talented needlewoman who has produced the embroidery is Annette Banks, who lives in East Finchley.   Annette spent a lot of time in hospital as a child, and that was when she started embroidery.   As well as the Bayeux Tapestry, she has worked other large historical pieces, including one of Henry VIII.

It took twenty years to work the Bayeux embroidery, which is 56 feet long, and covers the time from Earl Harold Godwinson’s becoming an adviser to Edward the Confessor until after his defeat and death at the Battle of Hastings, and William of Normandy’s coronation at Westminster Abbey.   One way in which it does differ from the original Bayeux Tapestry is that the descriptive wording is in English, whereas the original is in Latin.

Last year Annette had considerable national press and television coverage of the project, because she wanted the embroidery to be displayed.   She has taken it around to schools, and it has also been shown at an exhibition at Olympia.   We contacted Annette to ask if it could be displayed at King Harold Day, and she kindly agreed to show it at the event on 13 October.

In May Annette brought the embroidery to the Abbey Church to decide where best to show it, and when rolled out it stretched the entire length of the side aisle.

Now Annette has worked an extension of another four feet, making 60 feet in all, which has been done specially for King Harold Day and shows Edith Swan-Neck, Harold’s mistress, identifying his body on the battlefield and bringing it back to Waltham for burial.

This is a truly amazing work of art.   Annette describes herself as an obsessive needlewoman, but as well as her talents with the needle she has put so much research into the story of the tapestry, the history, and into getting the English translation right.   We are honoured to have the embroidery on display at King Harold Day, and are particularly pleased that Annette will be with us to talk about the work.

Published in: on September 25, 2007 at 11:56 pm  Leave a Comment