Taking spiritual and visual inspiration from the work of the monks who created wonderful books like the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Book of Kells, the calligraphy, illumination and illustration we offer you is a merging of old skills with new materials and new techniques inspired by ancient sacred works.
We aim to offer an artform which draws the viewer into an experience of prayer, meditation and blessing. Our inspiration is also drawn from the rich Celtic spirituality of Northumbria; our Christian faith and the beautiful environment of Holy Island. We aim to follow the great Monastic Scriptorium tradition of producing pieces of artwork that give glory to God and help His people to worship.
Songs of Praise
Mary is being featured on the popular BBC1 Sunday programme 'Songs of Praise', to be shown this week on the 4th of August. The episode celebrates the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East this Summer.
Mary was interviewed by presenter Bill Turnbull several weeks ago and taught him her signature 'freehand knotwork' technique that she has developed over the last 14 years.
New subjects for 2013 include Creative Prayer, Inspiration from Anything and A Knotwork Day which gives the opportunity to learn how to do the freehand style of celtic knotwork that Mary has developed in her work over the last decade. After learning the basics there will be an opportunity to learn techniques of embellishment and decoration inspired by the Lindisfarne Gospels and other illuminated manuscripts.
Mary is leading two retreats this year for the Open Gate Retreat House.