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.
Spring is a wonderful time of year to consider where we are in our journey through life. Not only do we have the amazing sacrifice and promise of Easter to encourage us but we are surrounded by tangible examples of hope in the new life visibly growing before us.
In this book Mary shares some of her doodles and extracts of work to encourage you to try doodling on the blank pages. She calls it ‘DOODLING WITH INTENT’! She never knows what the final images will look like but she does know that the doodling helps to keep her work fresh.
Here on Holy Island we often hear a most eerie sound, it is especially loud on still, moonlit nights and many visitors are spooked by the ghostly cries. They are relieved to find out that it is the sound of seals, singing whilst resting on the shorelines and sandbars. We have come to cherish their song as being something that adds to the uniqueness of the Island along with the cries of the seabirds and the deep rumble of pebbles being turned by the waves at high tide.
Available as an A4 signed print