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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

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.