he Wars of the Roses was a bitter power struggle between two branches of the same medieval Royal family, the Plantagenets.
At first glance it would appear that there wasn’t much beauty or nobility in a squabbling family feud, but having spent the last few years researching elements of this conflict, I discovered there was in fact real nobility behind the loyal men who chose to fight alongside them. I was also struck by the immense beauty in their art, heraldry and illuminated manuscripts. It was this period in history that led me to create my first design.
This lavish design, inspired by the battle standards and heraldic emblems used during these wars, is set on a ground of chainmail and depicts all the Royal Houses at the centre of this 30 year conflict. Digitally printed on 12mm satin backed silk, gives a lustrous finish and an excellent soft drape, whilst also providing an almost double sided effect. Its generous dimensions of 60cm x 188cm and light weight means that it can be worn either as an elegant evening shawl or scrunched for an everyday scarf.
Further information on British Battles: www.battlefieldstrust.com
For information on the battle of Towton: www.towton.org.uk
Find out about the design process here