I’m beginning an exciting new project, collaborating with an fabulously talented fabric artist, to create an iconic image in cloth. This morning we met to decide on a subject, size, and general direction.
We decided to base our image on the famous 15th century Novgorod icon of St. George & the Dragon. This has long been one of my favorite icons, with beautiful theology, dynamic design, and glowing colors.
The background is a brilliant red, symbolizing the Divine light surrounding the saint. He is carried through the desert by a white horse, who represents the power of grace. The Hand of the Lord reaches down from heaven to bless George in his struggles. The dragon, symbolizing Satan/temptation/evil, emerges from darkness, only to be vanquished. The spear is held only loosely in George’s hand, for it is not his own power but the power of God which destroys evil and conquers temptation.
Both of us are very excited about re-creating this ancient image in a new way. It will be fairly large, at least by my standards, approximately 3X4 feet. I can’t wait to see how it will develop . Next step . . . a drawing to scale . . .