St. Irene of Hungary, Empress Irene Piroska
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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