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Illuminated Ancient Fish Story – Guest Blogger – June Steegstra

August 14, 2011

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 I’ve always admired the Illuminated Scriptures from early times in Europe. This inspired me to create a set of three panels for a final exhibition piece for Level 3 Machine Embroidery at the Center.  The entire set of panels is over one meter in length.  The colors and interesting ways that the monks portrayed people, animals, plants and Illuminated letters intrigued me. A description follows:

Side Panels: The inspirational figures for the Saints were portrayed in gold and other vibrant colors. A gold background made with digital embroidery fills by machine imitated the gold embroidery originally used on ecclesiatical copes. Free motion embroidery was used for the Saints and Middle Age caricatures. Scales of the fish were digitized to create a near holographic effect in metal threads. The main Panel was designed to illustrate a fish leaping for a coin that represented a scripture from Matthew 17:27. 

June is a graduate of the London City & Guilds Diploma Course in Design and Embroidery at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center.

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  1. Lexa permalink
    August 14, 2011 9:13 pm

    Beautiful work June. Creative and the stitching looks lovely. Glad to know you.

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