|My sketchbook thoughts on how to make the 'keyhole' shapes at the top of the reliquary, |
using gold thread and a tiny crochet hook. I thought they could easily be turned into skull shapes.
All this gold and silver yarn got me thinking about gold and how much there seems to be in opus anglicanum and the pictures of grand or saintly people I have seen. Gold has a meaning which still holds in western culture - of wealth and power.
|Boehius, Concerning Music Paris ca 1405|
These two images show the use of triple gold lines to make squares, with repetitive patterns inside, in the background, which seems to indicate riches and wordly power.Below is Charles V receiving spurs from Phillip the Bold, an image from The Coronation Book of Charles V, Paris 1365
This shows a miniature in a book of hours dated ca 1450-55, painted by Master of Guillevert de Mets. The lady is Saint Veronica, displaying a cloth called the Sudarium with the miraculous image of Jesus on it.
Apart from the lovely ivy leaves all around, and checkerboard floor, she has squares of blue red and gold making a pattern behind her which seems to be popular.
Gold stars in a blue sky are popular in images of saints. This one shows St Bellinus in Ferrara in 1649 under a starred roof. In squares.
And finally, two gold on gold.
From Gualenghi d'Este Hours painted by Taddeo Crivelli in Ferrara ca 1465.
The grand person below is Louis XII of France, painted by Jean Bourdichon in The Hours of Louis X11 Tours, 1498-9.
His tunic is gold on gold with a pattern of suns surrounded by rope in squares, in this case rotated. I'm not sure whether this is meant to be gold armour with fake rope decoration, or applique of gold rope on gold fabric.
Because of all this, I gathered the gold yarn I had, and made some squares.