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Bury St Edmunds expat bases winning design on memories from old hometown




Rosy Chalklen (nee Hudson)'s daughter, Poppy, modelling her Common Threads Wearable Art competition entry which won the sculputral award and is based on Bury St Edmunds' 'Pillar of salt' and St Edmundsbury Cathedral - photo by Travis Hayto.
Rosy Chalklen (nee Hudson)'s daughter, Poppy, modelling her Common Threads Wearable Art competition entry which won the sculputral award and is based on Bury St Edmunds' 'Pillar of salt' and St Edmundsbury Cathedral - photo by Travis Hayto.

A woman from Bury St Edmunds has drawn inspiration from landscapes in the town for her winning entry in an international art competition.

Rosy Chalklen (nee Hudson), 44, emigrated to Western Australia with her family in 1980 but was born in Bury and grew up in Honington.

As a keen wearable artist, she recently entered the international Common Threads Wearable Art competition, based in Mandurah.

It was based on the theme ‘illumination’ and it was Rosy’s fond memories of Bury combined with her love of history that helped her win the ‘sculptural award’.

On why she chose to base her design on Bury, she said: “I think we are all inexplicably attached to where we grew up, which led me to draw inspiration from the ‘Pillar of salt’ (the country’s first illuminated street sign) on Angel Hill, and the cathedral with its stained glass windows illuminating the interior.”

She added: “I generally tend to work with recycled materials, so my ‘Pillar of salt’ design is made from cardboard boxes and around 800 toilet roll tubes. The headpiece and skirt are internally lit.”

The mother-of-three said winning an award this year was ‘great’ - except for the ‘sheer terror’ of being called out on stage.



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