03 April 2008
Off With Her Head
Parker Quink, bleach, watercolor, and acrylic on graph paper with vintage anatomy illustrations and hand-stitching.
9.5 x 14.5 "
The second of Henry VIII many wives and the first to meet an unfortunate end. Her gift to history was her daughter Elizabeth I. And she was the vivacious catalyst for Henry's (and thus England's) break with the Catholic Church. In many ways she begat the Church of England and one of the country's greatest monarchs. She paid for it with her head.
This is the most labor intensive hand-stitching I've done on any piece, despite it being a simple grid.
copyright Kate Castelli 2008