Published by Alexandra Makin
Now my first book, 'The Lost Art of the Anglo-Saxon World: the sacred and secular power of embroidery', is out (see blog), I am concentrating on the Cuthbert recreation project (also see blog and Instagram: @alexandramakin2). I am also working on an article exploring how people viewed embroidery in early medieval England, which I hope will be published later this year. In between these projects I am in the early stages of organising an edited volume based on the well received session I organised and ran at the IONA conference in Vancouver, Canada, last April. Keep an eye on the blog and Twitter (@alexandra_makin) for updates.
I am consulting / advising on a number of textile and embroidery projects, and working as an independent analyst of textiles and embroideries from different contexts.
During 2020 I will be giving papers at conferences in the UK and Finland. I am also giving lectures and presentations to a number of academic and special interest groups around the country.
I am a trained professional embroiderer with a background in Archaeology and textiles. Originally I trained at the Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, on their three year embroidery apprenticeship. My academic background includes a BA Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Studies (University of Manchester).
My PhD Research, titled ‘Embroidery and its context in the British Isles and Ireland during the early medieval period (AD 450-1100)’, has led to me being interviewed on various news and TV programs and in newspapers.
I have published my first monograph, a number of papers in edited volumes and articles in popular magazines. I have also given lectures and run workshops on different aspects of embroidery, its history and its wider context to special interest groups and the general public.
My areas of research focus on early medieval material culture, mainly embroidery, but other aspects too. I am particularly fascinated by how material culture entwined with and influenced early medieval life.
I am interested in experimental archaeology and how this can inform our understanding of the objects we find, and data we gather from documentary and visual sources. Such approaches are also important in helping us understand working methods and organisation, and their development during the early medieval period.
I have a special interest in the Bayeux Tapestry which has led to the uncovering of new facts about its embroidering. This research has led to me being interviewed and featured in local and national newspapers both in the UK and Normandy. I have also been interviewed for TV and radio in the UK and Canada.
I am a member of The European Association for Archaeologists, the Society for Medieval Archaeology, the Archaeological Leather Group, the Finds Research Group, The Textile Society, The Medieval Society (University of Manchester), and MEDATS (Medieval Dress and Textiles Society).
I am also a committee member of the Early Textiles Study Group.
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Alexandra, do you have an electronic hard copy of the paper you gave on the Cuthbert stole and maniple? I would love to read it. Since my field is brocaded tablet-woven bands, all research on these particular textiles are of great interest! Thank you.
I should have a copy somewhere. Contact me through the website’s contact page and I’ll get it to you.
I’ve just been referencing your excellent book on tablet-weaving in an article I’m writing
Also, I would be very interested if any research has been done on the iconography of the brocaded tablet-woven bands. They are very crude but clearly are animals and foliage. Has more been explored such as their possible inspiration? I am thinking maybe Coptic?
Hmmm. There’s the analysis is Battiscombe but I think that’s it. Leave that with me. Grace Crowfoot wrote an article yonks ago but I think that was about their construction. I’ve got that one somewhere but I’m assuming you’ve got a copy of it too. If not, I can ferret it out