Beadwork Study in Wood for a Transcendental Cross with Quote in Runes from Julian of Norwich

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Runic text on frame: “All shall be well and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well” — Julian of Norwich

On May 8, 1373, a thirty -year-old woman, whose name is unknown, lay on her apparent death bed in the town of Norwich, England. As the curate gave her last rites, she began to see a series of visions of Jesus. In a few days she recovered and wrote down her visions in what became the first known book by a woman in English. She became an anchoress at the Church of St. Julian in Norwich and many years later wrote an extended interpretation of her visions.

In her Revelations of Divine Love Julian explains that the words of the phrase above were said to her in a vision by Jesus to comfort her in her distress at the existence of sin and the pain it causes. The original text would have been written in the English dialect of her time and region using the Latin alphabet. I like having the text in Anglo-Saxon runes because the three-time repetition has the power of an incantation or magical spell.

This hanging was created from more-or-less square wooden beads that I carved and filled with glitter glue. The beads are held in place with Nymo thread using a combination of ladder stitch and stringing. Glue is used between the beads for rigidity.

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