The organic sheep's wool background of this piece represents the fabric
that is Thornage Hall near Holt in North Norfolk, England. A 15th Century hall, a biodynamic
farm, an 18th century dovecote, modern accommodation and a glasshouse
for market gardening are among the
structures that comprise Thornage Hall which was given to the Camphill Movement
in the 1980s by Edward Delaval Henry Astley, the late Lord Hastings.
This woven background of organic, Jacob's sheep's wool was woven by Kim Morrison, a day service client who learned to weave at Thornage. This is her first major piece with yarn given to the weavery by a friend of Camphill. The three panels depicting the farm, the fields, the crops, the houses and the herbs were woven by Justin Astley, a weaver at Thornage since 1990 and the son of its benefactor. The five flint stones, collected on the property by weaver Frances Starnes and resident farmer, Ben Spicer, represent the five residences that comprise Thornage Hall, and reflect the brick and flint construction of the 70-acre complex as well as the local geology of limestone and flint. Animals have a major role at Thornage Hall, and the yarn used in the topstitching was shorn from one of the resident alpacas and spun by Gerald Starnes, a Thornage resident and spinner since 1988. In response to changing times, Thornage now has day service clients, bringing the number of those involved in this extraordinary enterprise to thirty-nine, each of whom has stitched their mark on the textile hanging. Creating this has been an experience of weaving the old with the new, the traditional with the way forward, all in a spirit of community in recognition of each individual.