Images in Cloth 11

There has been much progress, but there is still an enormous amount of work yet to be done.  I had no idea when we started that this would be such a huge project.  We have had a couple of work sessions recently, but it seemed then that there wasn’t much to write about, not much to show.  Most of it was decision-making, and pattern-making for the quilting.  We decided on a border color, but didn’t have enough fabric.  Later, a piece of cotton was custom-dyed to a lovely ochre color to use for a border.  It was set aside to dry while we attended to the quilting of the horse.  We did some shopping for ribbons and cord.  As the image was worked on, many of the small fused-on pieces loosened, and had to be reattached. We carefully pinned into place the new braids, ribbon, and bits and pieces into place.  The horse was sewn down to the backing. Quilting him before putting the “sandwich” together will keep him flatter and not too puffy and “cute”.

The border was attached.  Somehow, it seemed to make the whole image look  smaller.  I guess putting a frame around it makes it look less expansive.  The white horse really pops out, and hovers above, not touching the ground.  I designed lettering for the saint’s  name, and my homework assignment this week is to do some practice stitchery before we attempt the real thing.  It will be a sort of embroidery,  done by hand.  We worked on patterns for quilting on St. George’s armor, and in the background. Most of the pieces will be sewn with a satin stitch all around the edges.  This is how St. George’s cloth icon looked as of August 12.   

We speculate about what to do with this icon once it is complete.  Neither of us actually has a clue, but it seems to big of a project to keep in the closet.  We even thought of entering it in the local Mayor’s Art Show next summer.  I wonder how it would be received there.  What do you think? 

Any suggestions, anybody?

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About reinkat

I am an iconographer, and have been studying Russian/Greek icons since 1995. I'm married with 3 children. I love hiking, camping, animals, my family and church--and icons.
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4 Responses to Images in Cloth 11

  1. What about offering it to a church to use in their lobby or meeting area?

  2. reinkat says:

    We wondered about that. There’s a St. George Greek Orthodox here in town, and it would be a good fit there–if it were acceptable to them. After all, we are outside of their faith tradition, and also making a very unconventional image. I might have to work up the courage to ask the priest if they would like it. We do have lots of time to think about it, though–it’s a long way from finished!

  3. Yes, St. George would be perfect for a church of that name, and it might be a great ecumenical gesture. But if it does not work, would you consider trying a Catholic church? It might be an education in icons for them in a medium that is not egg tempera.

  4. reinkat says:

    Yes, definitely. We have talked about keeping it (and taking turns with it), giving it to a church, or even selling it. We want to enter it in a local art show first, just as a witness. Time will tell what will happen. In the meantime, my art-partner in this project warns me that as beautiful as it looks now, it can be easily ruined by the quilting and sewing part–or enhanced. The only guarantee is that it will look different than it does now . . .

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