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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

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.

 

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 – Theodora

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Work in progress

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted.   I have not stopped sewing, but my attention has turned to fabric art; I’m involved in a complex project that is taking up my creative time and energy.  It’s been awhile since I’ve worked on a serious piece of fabric art and I’m excited about the breakthrough.

I don’t like to show incomplete work for two reasons, the first being that it has the potential of causing me to lose steam and I fear that I might not finish it and secondly, I don’t really like my work to be judged or appraised before it’s done.

The most interesting blog entries have a considerable visual component, with that in mind, I have decided to break my own rule and publish a small portion of the project.  I do, however,  feel compelled to say that it’s not yet finished…

Anyone care to identify this famous personage?  The clues are evident.

Congrats  to Pink Sister for correctly identifying this piece… she knows her art history!