I've had these on my mind for a year. Part of what I like to do with my art is inspire people to consider issues through beauty. Part of what I like to do with my life is explore dialogues between cultures. My Artisanat line of luxury accessories will do exactly that, and this is the first item! I've made seven, and they're available on Etsy for purchase. Here's how I made them:
First, I selected three different linens, cut them to size, folded them in traditional Shibori styles and dyed them. With my unique backdrop set using ancient techniques, I could then get down to the carving business.
I had been taking pictures of these specific mosaics on an inner arch of the second level of the Haghia Sophia in Istanbul since 2004. Every time I went, and later when I lived there, I would visit them, take more photos, and know that some day I would do something with them. So for this project I started drawing, then I transferred the design to a linoleum block and got to carving. Finally it was time to print.
A few finishing touches later (hours with my iron) and voila! Traditional Japanese design meets Byzantine designs from circa 600 AD. And a beautiful spread that tells a story for your table. Each table runner is very unique, thanks to the printing and dyeing process. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to pick out the perfect one for your table!