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St Eanswythe Reliquary

Awarded second place
A design and construction of a new reliquary to contain the relics of St Eanswythe

A design challenge was hosted by Isle Heritage and the Finding Eanswythe Collective to put together a proposal for a new reliquary to house newly discovered remains of the Saint. These relics comprise bones and teeth, most of which are in a fragmentary and fragile condition so I had to ensure that the reliquary was environmentally stable, with no off gassing, and be resilient against corrosion, irrespective of fluctuating humidity and temperature within the church and shrine. Contemporary designs were encouraged, as were those which draw upon the artistic traditions of seventh century Kent. I put together a comprehensive pack detailing the materials, processes, and design decisions made for the entire concept. I then presented it to the panel and was shortlisted as top 5. They ultimately decided on a different design but asked me to give inputs on the chosen design. The company also asked for my designs to be displayed in the church itself at an exhibition for the Saint’s life. The exhibition ran September 2023-December 2023.

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