May 10, 2013

finally finished!

I have been working on this piece for quite a while, it might have been last spring when I started it. Once the machine stitching part of the process was done, and the laborious hand stitching began, the artwork became a "take along project" that got brought to waiting rooms through out the school year. When I finished a few deadline driven things at the end of last week, I finally brought this piece to completion too and I now I am delighted to share it!

This work fits into my St. Pete Cathedrals series which explores the beautiful church architecture of St. Petersburg, Russia. I photographed this church through the windows of an apartment building at the back and while it was under restoration, thus the covered dome behind the one I feature. I liked the juxtaposition of the gray covered dome with the ornate stone dome quite a bit. Actually this cathedral is still under restoration, perhaps I will revisit it in my studio once the restoration is complete.
under restoration
Dormition Cathedral, Natalya Aikens©2013
The materials in this piece include scraps of silk and cotton, lots of thread bits, painted dryer sheets and tulle. It measures 12" x 12" and is mounted on stretched canvas with a painted edge.
I have another from the same series awaiting hand stitching... maybe it'll be done by next spring.....


Anonymous said...

Beautiful Natasha, just beatutiful!!!
XB!!! Mooshka

Gerrie said...

Yes, it is beautiful.

Christine Staver said...

Beautiful as always, Natalya. I was disappointed to see that you were not teaching at create NJ this year. In fact they have very little textile classes. I would live to see you do one on your beautiful windows or your use do plastic in your quilts.

Kristin L said...

Lovely, of course. :-)