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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 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.  I created business cards with Theodora’s image to reflect the theme of the evening.

Here’s to a successful event!

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Empress Theodora youtube video

Empress Theodora

fabric mosaic

video

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.

Project Update – Empress Theodora

Empress Theodora

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.

Please feel free to comment; your input is appreciated

Work in Progress – Theodora

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

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.

Click for detail of fabric mosaic construction

Purchase at Imagekind

©2006 RemnantWorks/Kerri Jones – All Rights Reserved

Lucrezia – Fabric Mosaic

Lucrezia – Fabric Mosaic

Inspired by Agnolo Bronizo’s 16th century

painting completed in the Mannerist style

Click for detail of fabric mosaic construction

Full size with border
25 1/2” x 32 1/4”

Purchase at Imagekind

©2005 RemnantWorks/Kerri Jones – All Rights Reserved

Our Lady of Gitmo – Fabric Mosaic

Our Lady of Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay)

Our Lady of Gitmo, patroness of hope for the victims of torture.

Her holy light penetrates even the darkest prison cells and torture pits.

As seen in Raw Vision, Winter 2009/2010

Youtube art video

Full size with border
28” x 30”

Purchase at Imagekind

©2009 RemnantWorks/Kerri Jones – All Rights Reserved