Kite Spirit and the Port of Tilbury mark International Women’s Day with textile project commemorating Queen Elizabeth I

Friday 8th March 2024

Kite Spirit and the Port of Tilbury mark International Women’s Day with textile project commemorating Queen Elizabeth I

Kite Spirit, a dynamic all female group based in Thurrock and known for their exceptional textile artworks, have started work on a new piece in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2024. Partnering with The Port of Tilbury, the group’s current project pays homage to the iconic Queen Elizabeth I and her empowering speech delivered to her troops on the banks of the Thames in Tilbury in 1588.

“I come amongst you, as. you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live and die amongst. you all: to lay down for my God, and for my kingdom, and my people, my honour and my blood, even in the dust.” Queen Elizabeth I, 8 August 1588

Renowned for their creativity and commitment to community projects over the past decade, Kite Spirit have used a wealth of ideas to capture the spirit of Queen Elizabeth I through their textiles. The stunning creations from the group already hang in the London Cruise Terminal in Tilbury and this new piece will also be prominently displayed in the building as a testament to the group’s dedication to both historical significance and artistic excellence.

The mood boards created [see images included with this release] show the depth Kite Spirit go to, when they research their subject. The group’s use of recycled, sustainable materials and natural dye truly is an inspiration to anyone working with textiles.

Commenting on the Project, Peter Ward, Commercial Director at The Port of Tilbury said: “As a port which has been operating for hundreds of years in Tilbury, we know the importance of our heritage and in particular the link to Queen Elizabeth I. We are honoured to collaborate with Kite Spirit on this important project. We will look forward to the final work that will not only commemorate International Women’s Day but also showcase the power of artistic expression in capturing the essence of local historical moments.”

Commenting on the project, the Kite Spirit Textile Group said: “We are planning to create a panel celebrating the connection of Queen Elizabeth I to the Tilbury area. As well as researching the fashion of the time we have been exploring the symbolism in portraits of Elizabeth I which was used to emphasize her authority and status. This was essential for her to maintain her image as a female leader in a world which was at that time ruled by men.”

 For anyone wanting to find out more about Kite Spirit, the group will be part of the Port of Tilbury’s Open Day celebrations this year on Saturday 11 May 2024.

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