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Ely Cathedral


23 Jan 2021 - 25 Mar 2021

Welcoming back the Royal School of Needlework for another fabulous exhibition and featuring high fashion items from the RSN's specialist degree programme.

More ecclesiastical works from the Collection of the Royal School of Needlework, plus fashion from the RSN's Degree programme.

Following the success of the first Worship and glory exhibition in 2015 the RSN will return to Ely with pieces not previously seen and work by students with an ecclesiastical focus. In addition they will display fashion pieces from their Degree programme.

Top of the list will be the opportunity to see all 12 of the Litany of Loreto pieces. This will be the first time they have all been on display since 2013. The exhibition in the Lady Chapel will allow for close scrutiny of these amazing works alongside some of the original designs which we now know to have been created by an Italian graphic designer between 1914-1920, Ezio Anichini..

One of the splendid pieces of the last exhibition was called Purple Angel and for embroidery enthusiasts we will be showing this again alongside an unmounted version displayed on the reverse, so that people can see how it was worked. The colours on the back are most unexpected.

The rest of the exhibition will feature many pieces which have not been seen before including the hood from a cope that came to the RSN from a convent, a large depiction of St Andrew in laid work and versions of church work created by former RSN Students from the mid 20th century.

It will also feature appropriate pieces by recent RSN students in a variety of techniques, especially blackwork, which the RSN has developed pictorially from its border-pattern beginnings

The RSN is not just about historic embroidery, however, and its degree students produce some fantastic pieces of work for fashion and interiors, so alongside the ecclesiastical pieces will be work from recent degree students to show how embroidery can be used today.