Sulis

sulis

sulis hand stitched textile art.jpg

sulis

 
 

sulis...

Long ago, many years before the Romans reached Britain and brought with them their pantheon of deities, the people of these islands worshipped their own gods and goddesses. Who they were and how they were venerated is largely lost to us now, although if we untangle the warp and weft of our myths and legends we find a rich heritage of tales, woven through time and perhaps there are clues to be found there.

Today it's the archaeologists and the story-tellers who're putting together the stories of our pre-Roman history. When the Romans arrived in Bath, they aligned the local goddess Sulis with their goddess of wisdom, Minerva and called the patron of their shrine there, Sulis Minerva.

Bath is such a wonderful city. Layer upon layer of history and heritage, stretching right back into the mists of time. We know a great deal about the Roman goddess Minerva because the Romans wrote down their stories, but Sulis remains a mystery.


In this piece titled Sulis for the pre-Roman goddess, I've brought together layers of delicate fabrics, organzas and silks and hand-stitched them together using a variety of threads. The curves which characterise Celtic art are stitched into the work, as are patterns from nature.

The pictures below show the piece as it was worked, gradually building up the elements.