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'Rebuilder' and other stories - An exhibition of Woven Tapestries and Mixed Media by LouLou Morris MFA, Cathedral Artist in Residence 2013

Close up of loom
Close up of loom

Tuesday 5th November to Wednesday 27th November 2013

In the North Transept of the Cathedral

Open Daily with Free Entry

During November LouLou Morris, a tapestry artist, and the Cathedral's 2013 Artist-in-Residence will return to the Cathedral for an exhibition of her work.  The main work in this exhibition will be 'Rebuilder' a woven tapestry begun during her residency in February.

The title of the piece, 'Rebuilder', refers to the theme of LouLou's residency - the collapse of the Cathedral Spire in 1861 and its subsequent rebuilding.  In 1861 the entire Cathedral spire collapsed into the nave below.  An account of the collapse explains that the spire: 'was seen to incline slightly to the south-west, and then to descend perpendicularly into the church, as one telescope tubes slides into another, the mass of the tower crumbling beneath it'.

LouLou Weaving in the North Transept
LouLou Weaving in the North Transept

LouLou says: "I have used imagery from the collapse and rebuilding of the spire, but it is intended to act as a metaphor for the embracing of Hope instead of Despair; choosing to rebuild after disaster.  Grief is not denied a place, nor is the pain and hard work associated with its rebuilding".

Other works featuring in the exhibition, such as Poetry as Inspiration, Discarded and Found Natural Objects, Incarnation, What it means to be 'made in the image of God' and Change and Decay as tools for the artist will explore some recurring themes in LouLou's practice.

LouLou Morris has been a research scientist, a full-time mother, a special needs teacher and a minister in the Church of England.  In 2006 LouLou discovered weaving and soon after enrolled at West Dean College as a full time student on the MFA programme, specialising in Tapestry and Textile Art. 

LoLou is giving three talks in Vicars' Hall on 30 September, 22 November and 12 November 2013.  Click here for booking details.

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