2nd International Day of Celtic Art Conference

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


Presented conference paper, ‘Weavers, Embroideresses and Key Pattern in Insular Art’, to audience of practicing artists and academics

Featuring research from postdoctoral project, 'The Transmutation of Patterns and the Role of Women in Insular Art', funded by Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Paper abstract:
Cynthia will be speaking about ‘Weavers, Embroideresses and Key Pattern in Insular Art’. Cynthia’s Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship research focuses on the transmutation of patterns, a complex form of Insular ornament that occurred when an artist seamlessly transformed one abstract pattern into a different pattern possessing a radically different geometric structure from the first. In particular, she is interested in how women weavers and embroideresses across early medieval Ireland and Britain created both individual patterns (such as interlace and key pattern) and transmutation between such patterns, and how their work engaged with and influenced the making of ornament in other media, likely produced by men in this historical period.
Cynthia’s conference paper will present part of her ongoing Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship research on the Maaseik textiles (held in the Treasury of Sint-Catharinakerk in Maaseik, Belgium). The Maaseik textiles include a collection of early medieval English tablet-woven bands and embroideries, which feature abstract patterns shared with the Celtic-speaking world and which found their way to continental Europe in the Middle Ages.
Period10 Jun 2023
Event typeConference
LocationDownpatrick, United KingdomShow on map