Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Kitty Jay

Do you know the tale of Kitty Jay, the poor servant girl from the 17th Century who's grave is just below Hound Tor on Dartmoor? It's on a crossroads and always, mysteriously, has fresh flowers. Kitty Jay was the victim of unrequited love, on becoming pregnant and then rejected by her lover, killed herself. As a suicide victim she was not allowed to be buried in consecrated ground and was banned from the parish of Widecombe in the Moor, so was buried alone in the middle of nowhere. This is now a beautiful wild spot on Dartmoor. The moors and the folk tale that has always touched me.

With this in mind I have made some fabric designs that are inspired by poor Kitty Jays melancholy tale. I just hope I have done her and the moor justice.

For a beautiful telling of the story of Kitty Jay click on this link to the incredibly talented Seth Lakemans song of the tale.
Link to  Seth Lakeman Kitty Jay

There are more designs and colourways on my Spoonflower site.

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