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One of the highlights of 2012 was being shortlisted for the Garfield Weston Foundation Canterbury Cathedral Competition run by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust. Simply being considered for the role of creating a one-off designed window in Canterbury Cathedral, where many of the original windows are still going strong some 800 years after they were crafted, was a huge privilege. And with a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site the whole experience was a wonderful adventure.

My ideas for the design in the cloister centred around the daily lives of the Benedictine monastic community and their coming together to eat. I used contemporary photographic images of parsley, rosemary, chives and mint, layering them to suggest a ‘living garden’, as the cloisters area would once have been. By combining traditional lead work and contemporary photographic imagery I aimed to bridge the historical and present day.

 

 

 

 

 

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