Mary Magdalene inspired me to seek Jesus.

At the time I was running an International fashion company including four shops in Hong Kong. Frustrated with the trials and tribulations of the corrupt, and exhausted with the demanding voices that success had brought. My passion for fame and fortune had dissipated along with the desire to create. My questions was” Is this what the world calls success.? Is this really the meaning to life.? Is this what I have worked so hard for.?

How and why did Mary Magdalene inspire me to meet Jesus?
Macclesfield The End of The Silk Road

I was born in Silk Town, Macclesfield Cheshire, a town in the North of England in a haunted 15th Century house, in the bedroom on the right with the poster of the film star James Gear,he was the lead in the film Yanks. A film that told a similar story of my birth. I never met my father and he never knew I existed as he had returned to America when I was born at the end of World War 11. The war effort encouraged women to work, My mother was helping at a silk factory that had changed its production to silk parachutes. In the picture are R.A.F. visiting fighter pilots talking to the women making them.

Mummy’s uncle Frank Warring who lived in Fence Avenue in Macclesfield entertained regularly. Mummy told me that some aristocratic influential Americans were kept safe in America until the end of the war, a group came for meetings at her Uncle Frank Warring’s factory of Rolls Royce parts but now the engines were being made for the American war planes.

Entertaining with great style and delicious food and wine were social skills that made my mother essential at any special party for visiting americans. At such a party Mummy met my father Doctor James Tinnan and I was born in 40 Jordangate nine months later

My mother and me age five outside Badmondisfield Hall.
During my childhood I was inspired by my wealthy Aunt Dot when visiting her magnificent decorated medieval home called Badmondisfield Hall. Here every room had a different decorated theme filled with rare antiques. When visiting Suffolk Antique shops with her I learned more about silk Chinese textiles and rare ceramic vases.
The picture with the horses is a hunt meeting outside my home the pink Suffolk pub Rushbrooke Arms it is where I met and married my army officer Captain Martin Lewis.
After the wedding in Bury St Edmunds, we took off for Singapore where Martin served in the Singapore Guard Regiment.
Here I saw my future dream in Tangs department shop in Nathan road the marvellous beading and embroidery. I knew i could design modern amazing designs using western cutting and colours with the silks and hand embellishment.

The British Solomon Islands.

After Singapore Martin left the army and joined The Overseas British Government.Our first posting was to The British Solomon Islands.

Our plane was met by many expats pleased to meet the new District officer and his wife hoping they played bridge. Having learned and taught bridge in Singapore I was an immediate hit.

We had no dress shops so I was soon able to practise my dressmaking and had orders from many ladies, from their bikinis to their wedding dresses.

The Queen and Prince Phillip who were travelling on the Royal Britannia paid Guadalcanal a visit. At a large welcome party Prince Philip remarked on my patchwork dress which I then explained was made from most of the scraps of the women’s dresses at the party.

The next thing I organised was a kindergarten for children from three to six. One little boy picked up a live bomb in the garden and brought it to show me. Guadalcanal had been heavily bombed in the war and we still had many aeroplane and war relics.The crocodiles remembered too and were waiting in shallow waters.

Guadalcannal, The main island of the Solomons.

No television no newspapers just our local radio, I ran two programmes for the Islands family favourites and children’s hour.Our expat daily social life was mostly based around drinking at our Guadalcanal Club.

Being a tropical Island we were always thirsty and hot, very few places had air conditioners. Dancing and drinking all night was a frequent event.Sitting drinking all night with people’s stories you have heard many times before became very boring. I also grew tired of all the sexual overtones men gave me. Even those who were supposed to be leaders of the Government and local society would touch my leg under the table requesting attention.

Tim Rice had produced a new musical Jesus Christ Superstar I played the record and was taken by Mary Magdalene’s song about Jesus. I can see myself now sitting on the floor of my Coronation Kindergarten after the children have gone home playing over and over again her song.

“I don’t know how to love him, what to do, how to move him. I’ve been changed , yes really changed. In these past few days, when I’ve seen myself, I seem like someone else; I don’t know how to take this, I don’t see why he moves me, He is just a man, And I’ve had so many men before in very many ways, He’s just one more.”

The words went around in my head.The questions she asked, went around and around. I was very disturbed, who was this Jesus?

Jesus resurrected and shows himself to Mary Magdalene his first apostle. She runs and tells the other disciples but they do not believe her.

Mary Magdalene was born at Magdala a fishing town at the north of The Sea of Galilee. The Bible also explained how Jesus had cast seven demons out of her.

The sea of Galilee

The boat has just left the town of Magdala where Mary Magdalene lived. I painted this picture on the boat on The Lake of Galilee after seeing where she lived.

Mary Magdalene washes Jesus feet with her tears.

The overwhelming joy Mary felt at being set free from the demonic forces that had been wrecking her life was expressed in this action of gratitude.

  1. Derek Prince ”How to be delivered from Demons”

2. Derek Prince How to identify Demons.

3. Derek Prince Prayer For Deliverance.9.54

4. Pastor Mel Bond casting out demons just as Jesus did.

This young man had his eyesight returned when the spirit of blindness was cast out. Pastor Mel Bond is seen casting out demons just as Jesus did.The first instruction Jesus gave the disciples was to cast demons out and heal the sick.

Hong Kong

After 6 years in the The Solomons Islands Martin received his posting to Hong Kong we arrived in 1974.I now hoped the meaning to life lay in worldly success.

Living in Hong Kong and achieving my dream of making beautiful dresses became a reality. One of my advertising campaigns, on the front page of The South China Morning Post, showed the model dressed ready for a special time with her man, the caption line read-

Would you keep her waiting.?

Would you keep her waiting?
Would you keep her waiting?
Jenny dressed in Antique Imperial Empress Dowager Cixi Robe.

My search for the most beautiful dresses led me to collect the rarest Chinese textiles. Here I am wearing an Antique Robe that belonged to The Last Empress Dowager Cixi.

The Last Empress Imperial Dowager Cixi with foreign envoys wives.
The Last Empress Imperial Dowager Cixi painted by Katharine Carl

Look for a star.

I made myself the big star believing this was the answer to the happiness. I was seeking. And the song I had sung since thirteen.

”When life doesn’t seem worth like living , And you don’t really care who you are , When you feel there is no one beside you, Look for a star. A rich man, a poor man, a beggar, No matter whoever you are. There’s a friend who’s waiting to guide you, Look for a Star

I didn’t find a star so I made myself the star.

Debbie’s Renaissance Wedding Dress

For nearly a year I had been spending time researching different religions trying to find what was The Way, The Truth, to explain The Meaning of Life. In the middle of the research my daughter became engaged and her Renaissance wedding was to be planned in the Crypt Chapel at The Palace of Westminster in London.

I chose her dress fabric it was silk woven in suzhou especially for the Queen Mother’s wedding but she decided to use English silk. I embroidered and embellished the woven floral brocade silk with gold couching and pearls. My fabric was purple tribute silk brocade woven for Zaifeng Prince Chun the father of Puyi, The Last Emperor at the Forbidden Palace of Peking.

I found my star, Jesus who teaches love is the answer.

In the House of Lords at my daughters wedding I heard for the first time in a sermon all that is really important in this life is living a life of giving love. That people were invaluable and all the money in this world cannot buy one soul. I felt the love of God pour on me. I was given a book about the sermon that I had just heard that this is the meaning of life. Nothing goes with us when we die except the love we have given to others.

South China Morning Post
Jesus opened my cage door to Freedom

After the wedding , and The Holy Spirit experience I decided to spend time with Jesus and learn The Bible to know exactly what he taught I stopped the business. Then Bernardo Bertolucci bought most of my textile collection as he was making the film The Last Emperor. I had also been offered a deal of five million a year to be the next designer for Chanel. When I declined it I was asked to explain why?Jesus had opened my cage door and I would not go back in the cage.

At Jesus’s Death his blood spilled onto The Mercy Seat.
The Place of the Skull old photo

Jesus was crucified at The Place of the Skull where those passing journeying into Jerusalem could see the dying.The Romans used this execution site as a warning to dissidents, It was just outside the city, today it is a bus depot.

Golgotha The Place of the skull 2020
The Garden Tomb

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus carried Jesus body to the tomb. The tomb was newly cut and belonged to Joseph of Arimathea it was in the small garden very near The Place of The Skull. I was here in 2019 and painted the scene.

The Garden Tomb

Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus carried Jesus body to the new tomb of Nicodemus in the garden very near The Place of The Skull.

During my visit to the tomb i sketched the appropriate scene.

When Jesus died the lightning struck the rock and it was split in two. Immediately below him was The Mercy Seat Jesus blood flowed down on to the mercy seat. This is where The Ark of The Covenant had been hidden that Ron Wyatt found in 1989. The details can be found on Ron Wyatt Discoveries channel on youtube.

“When the mark of the beast law is enforced we will then see The Ark.” – Ron Wyatt.

In 1981 Ron Wyatt located what he believed to be the crucifixion site of Jesus Christ. He found a square depression in the surface material, into which a cross could have been placed, along with an adjoining crevice. Ron Wyatt said that the blood of Christ ran down through that crevice and onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant that was hidden-in a cave below.