'Scabard' is from a series of works begun in 2013 that were made, cut and then reconstructed. The original idea for this piece came about as a response to an Iron Age sword and scabard in Salisbury Museum. This ancient, eroded, but still proud object had also been made, broken, mended and adapted at some point in its history. There is deliberate fragility and fragmentation to the body of the tapestry, but the nail hints at past brute strength, and the cloudy red silk lining and small flashes of colour hint at something still very alive.
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