Another fine production from Shire. This one celebrates the remarkable heritage of exquisitely embroidered vestments still contained in our cathedrals and churches. The book outlines the traditions and mysticism associated with them and the role they still play in the 'theatre' of church, and shows how colour and ornament are used in the symbolism of the Christian faith. It explores the history of vestment production to the present day, covering the practicalities of design, the sourcing of fabrics and the embroiders themselves. --Ecclesiology Today 47 & 48 - 2013
About the Author
Sarah Bailey was trained at Glasgow School of Art in Embroidered and Woven Textiles where she first encountered the discipline of goldwork for ecclesiastical use. She has taught and lectured on various aspects of textile design and practice to all sorts of groups and continues to be commissioned by churches countrywide making vestments and frontals. Her ecclesiastical work references tradition but using modern techniques and materials alongside the very traditional. Sarah lives in south Somerset with her husband, a priest with nine churches, running workshops, lecturing, and exhibiting her textile work.