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Empress Irene of Byzantium

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Empress Irene of Byzantium

Saint Irene Piroska of Hungary 

fabric mosaic

I put the finishing touches on Empress Irene (pronounced eye-ree’-nee) today.  Thank you to everyone who made a guess about who she might be.   I think she looks pretty good for a mother of eight children.  🙂

I still have to get it pinned to a foam core and scanned, but that will take a bit and I wanted to share before I go on my summer blog break.    Below is a cropped version and another image with the border that I use for a matting effect when I frame it.

Empress Irene

with border

Empress Irene - fabric mosaic

The source of inspiration for my fabric mosaic was the famous mosaic found on the south gallery wall of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Hagia Sophia mosaic

close up view

Empress Irene

Byzantine Inspired Fabric Mosaic – Project Update

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Art Meets Fashion

linnyjcreations and I were talking about the latest Dolce & Gabanna Byzantine inspired fashion collection today . Check out her blog entry Religious Mosaic Fabric – Dolce Gabbana.

As it happens, I am currently up to my neck in a Byzantine fabric mosaic project. One of the hallmarks of Byzantine style is the high degree of detail and ornamentation.  I’m sure that’s why I’m attracted to this historic period; it provides a perfect outlet for my tendency to move toward increasing complexity in just about everything I do.  I can get lost in the world of details for hours as though I were transported to another universe.  For example, today I decided that I wanted to highlight each pearl on the dress with required the cutting out an additional 43 circles approximately 1/4″ in diameter.  Very close work, indeed.:)

Any guesses on who the subject is?  Byzantine ornamentation

A Christmas Gift

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National Recognition of Fabric Mosaic Marian Art

Recently, I responded to a national Call For Art sponsored by the Episcopal Church, USA.  I presented a submission of fabric mosaic art to ECVA, an organization within the national Episcopal Church,  dedicated to the acknowledgement and support of sacred visual arts.   To my delight, I received notice this afternoon that my work had been accepted for inclusion in the exhibition, Mary, Mother Of Our Tribe.

Below is a screen shot of the beautiful mosaic of images produced by artists from around the country.  My fabric mosaic, Golden Intercessor, is in first position on the second row. She is created in a Byzantine style often association with Orthodox traditions.   With Advent upon us and Mary’s central role in the Christmas story, it is impossible to view this exhibit without contemplating the power of faith in the world.

National Juried Exhibit,Episcopal Church, Visual Arts

National Juried Exhibit,
Episcopal Church, Visual Arts

Fabric Mosaic Project Update – Empress Theodora

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Empress Theodora

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.

Please feel free to comment; your input is appreciated
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Click on the images below to see greater detail of mosaic construction