The inspirations for them are the trade union banners; the Orange Lodge banners of my own community; and modern interpretations of Buddhist prayer flags. In chronological order they tell the history of the coal fields, from the Industrial Revolution to post-industrial South East Northumberland today. I have chosen images from 4 eras that are significant to coal mining, including nationalisation and the strike of 1984/85. It has been an interesting and absorbing task. I hope that there will be opportunities to explore this kind of story telling through textiles in the near future.
I will take better photos when they are completed.