Today’s prompt was to use supplies from several different manufacturers (not from one collection etc). I really didn’t have a problem with this as I have no interest in brands, I just use whatever I have to hand that works! A real challenge for me would have been to actually use papers/embellishments etc from a collection but I don’t have any sets so I couldn’t find anything suitable in my stash. Instead I went for uber-simple and just did 2 photos on 2 pieces of cardstock today! (I think they are different brands, the background piece is much heavier & a different texture to the small piece of tan behind the pictures!)
The photos are from a trip to York Minster a few years ago and the journalling reads:
Above the door at the west end of the nave, something caught my eye – twelve headless statues holding gold discs. To the initiated, it is obvious that they are signalling a message in semaphore! Our tour guide pointed the statues out moments after I’d seen them & by the time he had told us about them, I’d read the message and finished his sentence which completely stunned him – I guess he’s not used to having people fluent in semaphore!
The tour guide explained that the Semaphore Saints were originally made for a large art exhibition held in the Minster in 2004 and that the artist, Terry Hammill, later donated them to the Minster. The statues are headless for a reason. During the sixteenth century Protestant reformers accused Catholics of praying to statues instead of God. In a bid to stop this practice, they attacked statues, either getting rid of them completely or making them unrecognisable by removing the heads, haloes and the objects that identified them (e.g. St Peter’s key or Matthew’s purse). There are many instances of this kind of damage in the Minster. The semaphore saints were made headless to make the point that we do not need to know who they are/were, their message is still important and even without mouths to speak they can still communicate. However, the message is unintelligible unless you know how to decode the symbols – the same is true of the rest of the building and the symbols within it. The Semaphore Saints, although anonymous, use their haloes to spell out the message which is central to the purpose of the building.
(For those who can’t read Semaphore, the message is “Christ is here”)