Friday, 27 July 2012

All Saints, Leek Flower Festival

Arrangement on the font
(Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-70mm @ 25mm, 1/100s @ f/5.0 ISO 800)
This year is the 125th anniversary of the completion of the Grade I listed All Saints church in Leek. The church was designed by Richard Norman Shaw, one of the leading architects of the Arts and Crafts movement. As part of the celebrations for the anniversary the church is holding a flower festival and embroidery display this weekend. The displays are very well done by the Leek Floral Arts Group and members of the church. The embroideries include both modern works and past works from the Leek Embroidery Society, part of the Arts and Crafts movement established in 1879 by Elizabeth Wardle whose husband, Thomas Wardle, was a silk importer and an associate of William Morris. The photo below shows a detail from the "Arts and Crafts Stole" designed by Thomas Wardle Jnr. and created by Lady Gaunt, daughter of Elizabeth Wardle.
Detail of the Arts and Crafts Stole

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