John Gentry: Textile commission

John Gentry has provided the following photograph of a commission he undertook for his home church, Emmanuel Hawkwell. The commission was for a textile hanging in the chancel. John’s finished design received a DAC commendation.

The context of its design was the re-furnishing and reordering of the building during the incumbency of Rev. Paul Corrie, as a result of which the church was literally turned around. The curtain hangs over the west window. The Golden Cross has a poignant and significant meaning since part of the restructuring of the parish involved the closure of a sixteen year old church plant known as Golden Cross Community Church. The whole project was undertaken in-house. The lead embroiderer had considerable experience in this field. The design of the hanging mechanism, its construction and installation was supervised by a civil engineer who was also the church-warden at the time.

Gentry commission