Saint Irene Piroska of Hungary
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.
The source of inspiration for my fabric mosaic was the famous mosaic found on the south gallery wall of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
close up view
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?
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!