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Design student's textile work displayed in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral

Cathedral banner Friday 11 December 2015

A banner crafted by one of Liverpool Hope University’s Design students is on display in Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.

Karen Scott, a third year student specialising in textiles, produced the art work during a work placement at the Metropolitan Cathedral Art Studio.

She said: “The Art Studio is a working textile studio, set up to create vestments, banners and textiles for churches of all denominations. 

“It was a wonderful place to work, alongside such experienced ladies. The guidance and support helped me with my studio practice.”

During her placement, Karen was tasked with creating a banner using the logo unveiled by the Vatican in celebration of the Pope’s Holy Year of Mercy.

The image, created by Jesuit Fr. Marko Rupnik, is described by Archbishop Rino Fisichella as featuring Jesus - the Good Shepherd - “taking upon his shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption”.

Working under the guidance of the studio’s Artistic Director David Peglar, Karen used silk and thread to recreate the image for a banner that will hang in the cathedral until November 2016.

Karen said: “I feel very proud and delighted to have completed a piece of work, which will be hung for almost a year in the cathedral in my home town, particularly as it will be there for my summer graduation.”

The banner is part of a suite of banners and an altar frontal that went on display on Friday 4th December, in time for the start of the Holy Year on Tuesday 8th December. 

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