Beautiful embroidery…

Lambeth Palace and Diamond 013


…or potentially deadly disease?

Back in June, I visited the Diamond Light Source in Oxfordshire, and I was fascinated by the array of machinery and batteries whose combined forces enable scientists to take the most detailed photographs of anything from human limbs to medieval ship timbers.  Then they use the images to help develop new medical treatments or methods to preserve old materials.

I was intrigued by the various projects on display, but I’ve never been a scientist, and it wasn’t long before my eye was drawn to a series of embroideries on the wall, and, in particular, the one pictured above.

I’d already taken the picture before I read the caption: it was an impression of breast cancer.  And, as usual, I winced.

But even though it is a portrayal of cancer and destruction, I still think it is a beautiful design and that it is appropriate to share it in Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


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