February, female labours.


Ive been meaning to post this for three days, but I seem to be easily distracted this week.

I couldn’t find a c12th illustration of a woman sewing, so instead a adapted one of hildegard of bingen( autocorrect wanted to make that hildegard of binges, which would explain the voluminous frock?) using a writing tablet. I was going to make her dress a more secular colour but decided to leave her a nun because I realised that my original plan had neglected the importance of religion in the lives of medieval women- perhaps it passed me by because I’m an atheist, or maybe just because of the different focus of modern life?

Gareth says he really like this one because of the subdued colours, what is it with men and brown?

I took her fire from the Bayeux tapestry (seriously, I don’t know where my brain is this morning. I’m watching James May reassemble a Bakelite telephone as I type, and I originally wrote that her phone came from the Bayeux) and gave her a completely un authentic Hobbes as kitty, because Hobbes likes a fire. He also like sunbeams.

she was meant to be embroidering a white cat, in memory of pangur ban. I liked the idea of her in her cloister, reading about another cat in another cloister long before and deciding to sew something. Unfortunately pangur ban in miniature looks remarkably like a mouse, but I suppose either interpretation works…

~ by opusanglicanum on April 20, 2016.

8 Responses to “February, female labours.”

  1. It’s a great success, especially since you say you’ve pulled together several different elements of different periods. You’ve made them sit very happily together!

  2. A happy cat, a warm robe, a glowing fire and some embroidery – perfect for a cold February day.

  3. The robe is a lovely cinnamon colour. Not a dim subdued brown at all. And the cat is supervising nicely.
    The red in the lettering and the fire sparks the warmth of the brown too.

  4. Love the back story – it really brings her to life.

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