Making Space, at Macclesfield Silk Museum 17.06.16 to 03.09.16
The Brit and the Great Bear
Drawing, painting and machine embroidery on silk. Painted wooden frame
The Atlas Coelestis from the observations at Greenwich by the first Astronomer Royal, John Flamsteed (1646-1719), was published posthumously in 1729. It depicts the constellations as was the received knowledge at the time.
I have used celestial imagery for many years; my interest began in 1957, when the USSR launched Sputnik during the Cold War, through the NASA Moon landing in 1969, and subsequent space flights. How far we have come: ESA astronaut Tim Peake is the first Briton to walk in space, with the Russians at the ISS, but here on earth we still have a quasi-Cold War. And not to mention football hooligans. How far have we come…?