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Woven Altar Frontal for the

Church of St Philip and St James, Clifton, York


Designer profile.


During the 2014 York Open Studios event, established textile artist Jacqueline James was approached to design and weave an alter frontal for The Church of St Philip and St James in Clifton.  The weaving was commissioned to help celebrate the upcoming 150th anniversary of the Church in 2017.


The woven altar frontal was completed in 2015 and is made with a linen warp and wool weft.  Jacqueline used over forty subtly different shades of yarn for this project.  There is a very fine gold thread incorporated into the weaving for added visual interest.


Jacqueline was asked to design the altar frontal using soft and natural colours to compliment and coordinate with the peaceful sanctuary and the subtle décor and furnishings of the church.  The resulting design of the woven textile is a simple gradation of pale and neutral shades, darker at the edges and lighter in the middle to represent “Light from Darkness”.


The altar frontal was woven locally at Jacqueline’s weaving studio in Clifton, York where she specialises in making individually designed hand-woven rugs and wall panels for commission and exhibition.  Her work is in public and private collections in the UK and USA.  Major public commissions include weaving for York Minster, Wakefield Cathedral and Westminster Abbey.


Jacqueline James is sincerely honoured and delighted to have been invited to design and weave the commemorative altar frontal for The Church of St Philip and St James.  She hopes everyone will gain much pleasure from the new woven feature.




To contact Jacqueline James – please inquire through the church office