NEAR & FAR TEXTILE GROUP
MAPS & JOURNEYS
THE PILGRIM'S JOURNEY
It still puzzles me why I chose this subject; religion has no place in my life but I do enjoy history and travel. I hope I'm able to explore my subject matter enough to give me the ideas and imagination to create my textile/mixed media pieces.
From early research it is obvious that the medieval church was all powerful, rich and corrupt. Most of the congregation were uneducated and illiterate and this was also the case for many pilgrims. Churches expanded their wealth by encouraging the 'pilgrimage culture' and seeking money from these travellers to view or touch the 'relics' in their possession. Common people believed seeing these items could save their soul, improve their chances of entering heaven, or cure illness, deformity and disease.
Relics on offer were pieces of bone or skulls of the saints, pieces of the true cross, vials of Christ's blood and the milk of Mary. The fact that there were numerous claims to 'owing' these items by many of the churches and abbeys were lost on the pilgrims seeking redemption. These pious people were often never aware of the apparent duplication of what should have been unique, if truly existing at all.
My pilgrim is called Will Nolande and his story will soon emerge.