We are so proud to support artists who live and work along the line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Judith lives in Stockton and specialises in art made from glass. In addition to studying textile design at Huddersfield, Judith also trained at the renowned Sunderland glass centre. Her glassware has been exhibited at the V&A and she is a member of Cohesion Glass Group, Digital City, Redcar and Cleveland Creative Hub, Contemporary Glass Society, AXIS and the Northern branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.
Why blue and gold cufflinks? Blue was the colour chosen by the Stockton & Darlington Railway for the opening day celebration flags and ribbons because it represented quality and reliability. Blue ribbons with gold fringing were also produced for the 1875 S&DR celebrations. The colours were also inspired by the luxurious blue and gold velvet gown of the Railway Carnival Queen which started in 1925, the year of the 100th anniversary of the S&DR. The role of the Railway Queen was to act as a representative of the railway industry and to foster goodwill between companies and Trade Unions. To see the Railway Queen’s gown at the Science Museum Group, click here. https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co217802/velvet-railway-queen-gown-blue-and-gold-robes