Pat Spark, 1996
Handmade Felt Wall Piece, St. George, based on 14th C. Georgian Icon
dyed merino wool fleece

detail of St. George
Pat Spark, 1996

As part of my interest in women's art, I began studying Icon painting in the middle 90's.  I wanted to work with images of mothers and the holy mother, Mary, drew me to it.  While I was learning about Icons, I came across the painted versions of St. George.  This one in particular drew me to it.  The felt is based on a 13th C. Georgian Icon.  St. George is the patron saint of the Republic of Georgia, as well as England and Ethiopia.  This is the only felt I made, the others were all painted.

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