After much anticipation, we are delighted to be able to finally reveal the design of our Knight for the Lincoln Knights' Trail.
He's everyone's favourite heroic outlaw, who robbed from the rich and gave to the poor... Introducing Robin Hood, aka 'Lincoln Green', from artist Deven Bhurke.
The design features the final verse from a poem written by John Keats in 1820, which includes the line "Honour to the Lincoln green!", on the Knight's shield.
Lincoln in the Middle Ages was a prosperous and thriving city, and perhaps most famous of the city’s wares were its beautifully coloured and highly prized textiles, with one shade in particular very popular: Lincoln Green. They produced this shade by dyeing the cloth with woad (Isatis tinctoria) to give it a strong blue, then overdyeing it yellow with weld (Reseda luteola) or dyers' broom, Genista tinctoria. The colour since became synonymous with the stories of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.
At Your Print Partner, we have continued that Lincoln tradition of producing brightly coloured textiles — however nowadays we prefer to use inks and digital UV printers!
All thirty six Knights were unveiled in full to guests and the media for the very first time in a special launch event at The Showroom in Lincoln this week.
The hand-painted sculptures will form part of a special trail through the city, marking the 800th anniversary of the Battle of Lincoln and the sealing of the Charter of the Forest, between May 20 and September 3.
More information about the Knights' Trail can be found on the official website www.knightstrail.com.