Inspiration from the Wickham Market Hoard: The Freckenham ‘Horse’ Motif

Last week, I finished my post with a photograph of the beginnings of my new collection based on the Wickham Market Hoard. Strictly speaking it is the designs struck on the Freckenham and Snettisham staters that have caught my attention and specifically the charming horse symbol.

Once I had my version of the horse motif worked out and drawn up I could plan out the whole scarf design. I began this series using the smallest size scarf I paint, that’s the neckerchief square, but what colours for the initial interpretation?

Photomontage of flowers for colour combinations.

Well, it wasn’t difficult to decide as I had plenty of flower photographs capturing all the bright zing of summer blooms. When I pasted some of these together into various photomontages they offered a number of irresistible colour combinations. I chose the pink and red grouping. Below is a sequence of photos from start to finish recording painting the neckerchief where I incorporate my version of the glorious 2000 year old horse motif.

Mmm, the ‘blank canvas’ moment.
Outlines of resist all done and left to dry.
Painting in the colour.
Halfway done with only the horses to complete.
Finished and ready for steaming.

The first in my Freckenham series, the neckerchief ‘Freckenham Carmine’ is now finished and displayed on my shop.

Author: agnesashe

Artisan, blogger and passionate East Anglian working from home.

10 thoughts on “Inspiration from the Wickham Market Hoard: The Freckenham ‘Horse’ Motif”

    1. Thank you. Not sure how long painting with those bright, strong colours will last now it’s autumn. Just about to begin a large square with old gold and dark red. Don’t know about you, but I find without being overtly conscious of it, I am influenced by the changing seasons.

    1. Thank you. I appear to have been stuck in a ‘red’ phase in the last few months. Actively trying to work against it at the moment. Maybe I have been subliminally responding to the state of POLITICS!

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