Friday, 18 June 2010

The Lady of Shalott

How could I look at this and not want to recreate it?

William Holman Hunt's illustration of 'The Lady of Shalott', a poem by Tennyson, tells the story of woman cursed to weave the story of King Arthurs reign in Camelot but only through viewing the reflection of the world in her mirror. One day she sees Sir Lancelot and turns her full gaze to the outside world, causing her tapestry to unravel about her. She flees her tower and ultimately dies.

I can't help it - when I see such richness and texture I just want to sew!!!! As always the undergarments will be the starting point. I can't wait to have a go at those sleeves.

1 comment:

  1. That painting has been hanging at our local art museum in Hartford, CT since I was a child. It is rather inspiring, isn't it?