Friday, 22 February 2013

Permanent Collection

I am delighted to say that the set of three colour wheels I made for the Hope's Whisper exhibition have been purchased by the  Bronte Parsonage Museum for their permanent collection.

The colour wheels show the many types of weather that each of the Bronte sisters mention in their writing. I chose to analyse one novel for each sister : Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights; Anne Bronte's Tenant of Wildfell Hall; and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.

Visualising the data in this way reveals the diversity of the weather types that they reference. From mist and rain to sunshine and gales they use weather types that I put in to 18 different categories.

It's interesting that Anne Bronte mentions sun  / sunshine more times in the Tenant of Wildfell Hall than any other weather type at 17.4% of the total weather references within the novel and although Emily Bronte mentions wind most times in Wuthering Heights at 20% of all references in the novel the second highest category is sun / sunshine at 14.8%. Looking at the data this way reveals how they mention far more 'fine' weather types than is commonly presented through films, TV dramas and book cover illustrations: the popular perception being a rain soaked, wind swept Bronte landscape.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Bronte Legacy

The Brontes' work has influenced so many people in so many ways and it's incredible to think they probably never knew how inspirational their literature would become.

With this in mind i thought i'd share with you some of the influence they have had on ye olde local Haworth economy.

Walking around Bronteland reveals one of their legacies - the naming of totally unrelated places/things to capitalise on the Bronte pound. 

I have two favourites: Eyres 'N' Graces (see what they've done there?)

And best of all: Bronte Balti - fabulous!