Visual story telling.

A detail from the Bayeux Tapestry illustrating...A detail from the Bayeux Tapestry illustrating Norman knights in combat half a century before David's reign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have to keep working on my Bayeux book while I'm traveling.

I have my text books on the Ipad for study.

In referencing something today… it struck me that the Bayeux Tapestry is similar to the present day blog, Facebook or my idea of visual story telling.

Carola Hicks in her book

The Bayeux Tapestry, the life story of a Masterpiece,


"To reinforce the legitimate case for William's tenure of the English throne, someone thought it desirable to record the events that led up to the victory in order to provide the target audience not merely with a livid re-creation of the victorious campaigns they had fought, but with a carefully doctored account of recent history."

There is a story behind almost everything.

I take photos and spend time talking to people and researching to find out information… in 1066 that story was told through thread.


Nomadic Tuaregs typically owned few material possessions, but they cherish beauty, so jewelry has been an important (and portable) art form in their culture. Most pieces are geometric in shape and have a special significance including crosses given from fathers to sons, triangular pieces given from mothers to girls, diamonds given by men to their brides, and amulets, square pendants encasing a selection from the Koran, worn by all ages to protect against evil spirits.  The Koumama family works in several small groups of two to fifteen men with boys beginning their apprenticeship at age seven.  The pieces are made by the lost wax method, then engraved and hammered, and adorned with stones.

Faces album

Every embroidery or piece of art I photographed today had a story attached to it.

I will create an album for the embroidery tomorrow.

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