Altar Fall, St James, Alveston

This project has been buzzing around in my head for quite a while since the idea was first suggested to me by the vicar of St James, who just happens to be my brother in law!

It has actually been commissioned by a very lovely member of his congregation. I was asked to incorporate some of the symbols in the church and a Celtic cross to reflect the Scottish heritage of the lady commissioning the piece.

St James’ was consecrated in 1839 and has a beautifully stenciled chancel ceiling added in the early 20th century. The ceiling very much reflects the Gothic Revival style of A W N Pugin and the Arts and Crafts movement, which is my absolute favourite period in art history. So I knew I was going to enjoy this one.

This section of the ceiling will become a significant area of the desigh
Front of arch leading in to the chancel

The next step was sketching out some ideas and running them past the Vicar and the patron of this piece.

A few initial quick sketches

A two way conversation then happened, where elements of the designs were selected, ideas passed back to me and we kept going until two designs were reached .

I will leave you guessing until my next post to see which design was chosen !!!

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