National Recognition of Fabric Mosaic Marian Art
Golden Intercessor exhibited in Episcopal Church USA, national juried art show, December, 2012.
ECVA’s beautiful seasonal exhibit, Mary, Mother Of Our Tribe is a ‘telling and re-telling of the story of Mary’ through the visual arts.
Above is a screen shot of the beautiful mosaic of images produced by artists from around the country. 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 our world.
by Kerri Jones
The icon, Our Lady of Tsarkoe Selo, modeled after an ancient Byzantine icon, inspired this work. Traditionally created icons, being representations of sacred personages, are written following strict rules of color usage and postures depicting various religious significances. They are used as objects of veneration and aids to meditation in some Christian traditions. My fabric mosaic is intended to be contemporary and iconic in nature (without conforming to a prescribed set of rules) and is intended to assist the viewer in spiritual contemplation of the salvific role of Mary.
All images used in this exhibition retain the copyright of the individual ARTIST with ALL RIGHTS RESERVED for the ARTIST. DO NOT use any image from this exhibition unless you receive express permission to do so from the ARTIST. Click on the “PROFILE” graphic/button which provides a link to contact information for the ARTIST whose work is shown above.
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 ancient sounds within cavernous space of the great church in Constantinople.
A Taste of Byzantium, the Sounds of Hagia Sophia will take place November 3rd at the University Club in Portland, Oregon. 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 and business cards with Theodora’s image were created to reflect the theme of the evening.
After considerable thought I finally settled on a design to provide a finished border for my fabric mosaic of Theodora. It seemed fitting that Theodora, a symbol of the power and glory of western civilization , should be framed within the softly scalloped edges of eastern arches. This is meant to point to the exotic and complex blend of western and eastern influences which shaped the Byzantine Empire.
For a close-up view of the work, you can view Theodora on RemnantWorksYoutube.
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.
Fabric Mosaic 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!
*This page was originally published on Sewville, my other wordpress blog
Lady Jacqueline – Fabric Mosaic
Inspired by Portrait of Margareta Van Eyck
A high plucked forehead, plucked eyebrows and
draped side horns present oddities of medieval fashions.
From the Confessional
If she has plucked hair from her neck,
or brows or beard for lavisciousness or to please men…
This is a mortal sin unless
she does so to remedy severe disfigurement
or so as not to be looked down on by her husband.
Purchase at Imagekind
©2006 RemnantWorks/Kerri Jones – All Rights Reserved
Lucrezia – Fabric Mosaic
Inspired by Agnolo Bronizo’s 16th century
painting completed in the Mannerist style
Full size with border
25 1/2” x 32 1/4”
Purchase at Imagekind
©2005 RemnantWorks/Kerri Jones – All Rights Reserved