Special Tapestry

Quinary members met whilst working for a degree and continue to enjoy making and exhibiting textiles together. The group is composed of five members; Monika Breukner, Marilyn Hall, Caroline Hibbs, Jean Kirk and Kay Swancutt.

During the war of 1939-1945 the City of Coventry was heavily bombed, along with many other towns throughout Europe, and the Cathedral in Coventry was destroyed. A new Cathedral was built and consecrated in 1962 and stands alongside the ruins of the medieval building as a symbol of renewal.

Reconciliation has been the mark of Coventry Cathedral’s ministry since long before the medieval Cathedral was destroyed and continues to be so today. Our exhibition, which is entitled ‘MEND’, reflects the ethos of reconciliation and speaks about unity, healing and the building of bridges. We have responded to this theme in cloth and stitch.

Fabric can be found in all areas of our lives from the cradle to the grave; through both war and peace cloth is used and reused. It can comfort, protect and be endowed with memory and emotion; thus, there is a connection between the Cathedral’s work and the fabric of this exhibition.

Later this year ‘MEND’ will be exhibited at the Evangelische Christuskirche in Karlsruhe. Both the Cathedral here and the Church in Germany are members of the ‘Community of the Cross of Nails’, an organisation committed to reconciliation. All churches within this organisation have a Cross of Nails as a symbol of their commitment to peace.

The MEND exhibition will be on display in St Edmund’s from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday 26th, from 11:00am to 2:00pm on Sunday 27th, and from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Monday 28th.  In addition, one of the artists, Caroline Hibbs, will be available between 1:00 and 3:00pm on the Monday to talk about the
work.