made by many hands

Magna Carta an embroidery Cornelia Parker

Cornelia Parker’s outstanding art work Magna Carta (an emboidery) brings together people across place, background, ability, perception – a living fabric of contribution and making – a ‘human ecology’ of time and hands.

Beautifully conceptual and resonant, and deftly returning the digitally generated into the hand made, artist Cornelia Parker has created a 13-metre-long embroidery depicting the Magna Carta Wikipedia page, helped by over 200 individuals including prisoners, Jarvis Cocker, Edward Snowden and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.

The embroidery is on display at the British Library until 24 July 2015.

This video is great!

‘For some years Cornelia Parker’s work has been concerned with formalising things beyond our control, containing the volatile and making it into something that is quiet and contemplative like the ‘eye of the storm’. She is fascinated with processes in the world that mimic cartoon ‘deaths’ – steamrollering, shooting full of holes, falling from cliffs and explosions. Through a combination of visual and verbal allusions her work triggers cultural metaphors and personal associations, which allow the viewer to witness the transformation of the most ordinary objects into something compelling and extraordinary.’

To see Cornelia Parker’s other works, click here.

Fragment of Magna Carta embroidered

Magna Carta (An Embroidery) [Detail] , 2015

Half panama cotton fabric, pearl cotton thread and other media, embroidered by over 200 individual contributors

Embroidery: 12358 x 1550 mm, Display Case: 13300 x 1765 x 844 mm


    1. Cornelia’s work is so great, and I agree, it makes everything join up and feel electric and beautiful and full up all at once. Like life could be so much more than it is! And poignant at this moment in time when Human Rights Act challenged and things feel like they are being taken apart rather than put back together. It’s the best best kind of art.

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