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National Trust photographer ~ maides Coignes tapestry

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I work quite frequently as a National Trust photographer and recently whilst wandering the halls of East Riddlesden, I stumbled upon the work of artist Chrissie Freeth.

Chrissie has been beavering away at the National Trust property for some time, creating her Maides Coigne tapestry in honour of an inscription carved into a fireplace in the house which apparently refers to daughters as ‘cornerstones’.

The tapestry¬†was nicknamed Gracie and I visited last year to capture Chrissie at work.¬†It’s always interesting to see how other artists work and the things that challenge them. As I photographed Chrissie, I got the chance to look through her work books and see where Gracie has grown from.

After 600 hours of weaving, 3kg of hand died wool, and weeks of blood, sweat and tears, Gracie is now finished and on display at East Riddlesden Hall.

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