Animated Bayeux Tapestries

 If you're looking for inspiration, consider that weaving itself can become performance art, as with this animated version of the Bayeux tapestries, available courtesy of PotionGraphics and our friends at YouTube. According to Wikipedia, the Bayeux Tapestry  is a 68.38-metre (224.3 ft) long embroidered cloth (not an actual tapestry) which depicts the events surrounding the Norman conquest of England. No one knows who created the Bayeux Tapestry, although French legend says the tapestry was commissioned and created by Queen Matilda, William the Conqueror's wife (who probably justified her artistic endeavor with the practical argument that it would insulate the dark, cold walls of the Bayeux Cathedral).

  Ship from the Bayeaux Tapestry  


The artful epic on YouTube starts about halfway through the tapestries with the appearence of Halley's Comet and concludes at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The animated horses, fires, and ships are great fun, although I could live without the sound effects of seasickness. But as we know, art isn't always pretty

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