From the mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna
I’ve been making steady progress on my fabric mosaic and have completed the most critical part, the face. Sometimes I work on the face in the beginning, other times it comes at the very end. I let each individual project direct its own course and just do what seems to feel right at each step of the way. In this case, the face came last. Expressions are difficult and Theodora was a very complex person, a saint, a sinner, an empress of the Roman/Byzantine Empire and perhaps one of the most powerful women in history. I’m not really sure what all that looks like, but hope that I have captured elements of her persona in this piece.
I have to design and complete a border and then it will be finished and ready to take in for a high-resolution scan.
Click on the images below to see greater detail of mosaic construction