This rich, ornate textile wall hanging has been created using painted silk, wool, cotton and mixed fibres. Strips of the various fabrics have been hooked through a hessian backing to form a dense, carpet-like finish. The wall hanging is approximately 67 cm wide by 150 cm long.
I have based the shape of the central figure on a tenth century illuminated letter 'H'. The overall appearance of the wall hanging suggests a gentle disintegration referencing many of the medieval painted panels that still survive in some English parish churches. Across East Anglia many of these surviving panels show saints that were defaced during the wave of puritan iconoclasm that occurred in the seventeenth century.
For further historical information and photographs of original medieval panels please see my blog posts:
Original rood screens
Defaced medieval saints
Making and Exhibiting
The Disintegration of Hilarion listed in:
Textile Art - Gallery Two