We are Lindisfarne Scriptorium, a small business based on a small Island off the coast of Northumbria roughly half-way between Newcastle and Edinburgh in the United Kingdom. The Holy Island of Lindisfarne was key to the Christian faith being spread throughout the North of England in the 7th century A.D. and was the location of a Celtic and then later Benedictine monastic community.
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.
I'm sure most people have now had lots of emails (hopefully including one from us) asking you to confirm that you're happy to receive emails from the sender. This is part of a new law introduced by the EU called General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In short it says that after the 25th May we cannot email you our newsletters or any marketing email without explicit consent. In our email we've included a unique click link that allows you to OPT IN. If you are logged into this site you can click on your Name in the menu and then select GDPR Consent. This will display what information we store about you and allow to give your consent. Alternatively you can click on the mailchimp signup below and rejoin our mailing list.
To encourage you to do this, we have a new product called the Parchment Practice Book which is a 24 page book of parchment paper. Mary has doodled a unique cover onto one of these books and the remaining books have a label with a smaller version of this artwork stuck on.
For everyone who confirms via the GDPR email, creates a new account and selects Happy to Receive Newsletters or subscribes via Mailchimp below we will enter them into a competition to win either the original booklet with Mary's unique drawing or one of ten runner up prizes of a Parchment Practice book.
The artwork is shown below.
As the days seem to hurtle by, it's difficult to get some quiet space so we thought we'd highlight the Pocket Prayers for Quiet.
Pocket Prayers for a Quiet Day contains prayers and meditations to help you to focus during a retreat or quiet day.
The could also be used to punctuate the day and help you practise a rhythm of prayer..
This months spotlight is on one of our first Creative Retreat Books.
It was designed to guide you through a day long retreat or quiet day whether it be at home or away.
It offers prayers and activities. Some to challenge and some to help you relax and clear your mind.
This home is Yours my God - May it be comfortable and filled with love - Let there be light
This home is Yours my God - May it be blessed and filled with laughter - Let there be joy
This home is Yours my God - May it be safe and filled with peace - Let there be hope
This home blessing features the cross of St. Brigid, the legend tells that she wove the cross at the death bed of either her father or a pagan lord, who upon hearing what the cross meant, asked to be baptized.