Tag Archives: Medieval

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

St. Hildegard – fabric mosaic art

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A Vision Of A Visionary

I am putting the final touches on my latest fabric art project.   For those of you who may not be familiar with Hildegard von Bingen, she was a 12th century German visionary.  She first came to my attention probably ten years ago now, when I was introduced to her ethereal music.   This past year I happened to watch a film on her life which renewed my interest in her; she was a remarkable woman, a musician, a poet, a botanist, a dramatist, a theologian, and a Benedictine abbess who recently (October of 2012) was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI.  In my research I could find few contemporary images of Hildegard and so I decided to create my own vision of her.

Hildegard, Sybil of the Rhine

fabric mosaic by

RemnantWorks – Kerri Jones

Hildegard von Bingen

I’m putting a final press on her today and will then pin her to a board and take her in for a high-definition scan.  I hope to have this done in the next week to week and a half and then will have a clearer and brighter image to show you.

 

Fabric Art – Connective Threads

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Art in Service of Art

There is nothing better than being able to use your creativity to the benefit of others.  Recently, I was invited to support the fundraising effort of the local chamber ensemble, Cappella Romana, an extraordinary group dedicated to the musical traditions of the early Christian periods.  Attending one of their concerts is as near to time-traveling as I can imagine;  the ancient becomes accessible allowing me to hear and feel and be touched by the same sounds that countless others down through the centuries have also heard.   In listening, time collapses making it easy to imagine Empress Theodora surrounded by the same sounds within the cavernous space of the great church in Constantinople.  That’s something special!

A Taste of Byzantium, the Sounds of Hagia Sophia will take place November 3rd at the University Club in Portland.  A signed 12″ x 14″ giclee print of my fabric mosaic, Empress Theodora, will be available at auction.    The print was produced by Digicraft with Better Light scanning system and printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper with Epson Ultrachrome archival ink.  To help patrons more fully realize the nature of the fabric medium, I wrote a brief description, stitched together a sampling of fabrics used in the original piece and also created a small example of fabric fused to muslin.  I created business cards with Theodora’s image to reflect the theme of the evening.

Here’s to a successful event!