Friday, 21 October 2011

Bath Abbey

Over the weekend,  I went with my English class to visit Bath for a couple of days.  It was a really fun trip but what I found most interesting about it was the beautiful architecture of Bath Abbey.  On the way  home, we made a stop at Winchester Cathedral. I just loved all the beautiful, intricate details of the workmanship, from the stone to the woodwork to the stained glass.  I found the visit to these cathedrals so visually inspiring that I came away with tons of ideas for how I could incorporate these details into clothes, in lace, embroidery, paneling etc.

Here are the photos from Bath Abbey:

I could really imagine this design in lacework, perhaps in this gorgeous coffee stained colour.

This grate that I found in the abbey has a really lovely pattern that I could imagine as a piece of cut-work or as a piece of jewellery.

The thing that I love the most about churches, abbeys, cathedrals is the stained glass windows and here is a prime example.  I could imagine using the colours as inspiration, the images as a print on a dress, or even as a patchwork:

Gorgeous lattice work that would be great as inspiration for broderie anglaise around a skirt hem or as a neckline.

This organ and the curtain surrounding it remind me of pleats on a skirt.  It would be great to do a pleated skirt in a metallic colour, perhaps secured at the top in an ornate fashion not unlike the 

wooden lattice work at the top of the organ.
Here are photos from Winchester Cathedral (It's on a slightly grander scale to Bath Abbey!) :These always remind me of the heels on shoes!
 Weaving would be a good way to interpret this stonework,

 All I can say is, absolutely beautiful!

I hope you've all enjoyed these photos!  I went a bit trigger happy with the camera in Bath and Winchester and I just thought the architecture was so beautiful that I wanted to share it with all of you.  The beautiful architecture has really inspired me so I hope that it does the same for all of you!
Hopefully I'll have a new project to post in the next few days. xxx