The natural world is always our inspiration, not only in its indigenous form but also how we are inspired, interact and appreciate the beauty of nature. Pilgrimage has evolved from a precious artefact; a Victorian handmade book of pressed flowers. It is the story of who created the book that is so captivating and how Earthed came across it. A member of the Forrester Paton family created the book in 1890 during a holiday to Egypt and Israel, a popular destination for aristocracy and wealthy business owners during the time. The book itself is entitled ‘Bible Plants’, where flowers from the holiday were hand picked and arranged with hand written Bible verses in which the fauna was mentioned.
The Patons were manufacturers of wool yarns based in Alloa, Clackmananshire in central Scotland and were generous benefactors in their community, providing funds for a range of public buildings including the town hall, libraries and schools. There are similarities between the Patons and the Clarks on how the communities around the factories developed and prospered due to the businesses.
Duncan’s father Jim was for a number of years a minister in the town of Alloa. The Patons were a religious family and part of the church. They had given over use of one of their family homes, Gean House, a stunning Arts and Crafts mansion built in 1912, to the Scottish Temperance Alliance. When the church was closing down the house Jim was invited to take any items from the Library that were of interest, ‘Bible Plants’ being one of the books Jim selected from the collection, and we are so grateful he did. Welcome to the Pilgrimage collection, a mill owner’s journey.
Memories of the vacation, several pages of the Egyptian Gazette from 1891 are also stored within the book. A mixture of French and English, the newsprint is quite beautiful. This supersized scale is a strong contemporary accompaniment to the edgy and elegant florals in this collection.
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