Catherine Dyer STEVENSON
The arms were one of the last designed by the late Sir Peter Gwynn-Jones, prior to his retirement as Garter King of Arms in March 2010. The mermaid represents the fantasy of the dynamic unconscious, and relates to the armigers profession as a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist. The crown is the symbol of St Stephen, and represents the surname Stevenson. Lotus flowers suggest the possibility of spiritual transformation, themes of the armiger’s theological education, practice of tai chi, and painting of icons and retablos. As the armiger has never married, her arms are displayed on a lozenge, topped by a true lover’s knot of blue ribbon. The badge was suggested by Sir Peter based on images in one of the armigers paintings, and is an example of the whimsy and elegance he brought to his art.