Written in Honey

Installation at Helmsley Castle, Yorkshire,  English Heritage residency, 2002

Researching domestic histories of the period c. 1500 –1600, I used a combination of historical documents and fiction to create text which was written (dripped) in local honey on voile, a semi-transparent material, which was then made into window hangings for the Tudor Mansion House.

Once the cloth was hung the text could only be seen when the light shone through it, a metaphor for all the lost, semi-invisible histories of women’s domestic lives.

This process and installation relates to other performances where I have created texts with unusual materials. See other Mother works