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Well, it’s not exactly painted. It is a photograph of painted flowers high on a church wall. In this day and age of digital printing it translates well on a silk chiffon scarf. Available here http://bit.ly/paintedscarf

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It’s actually the redesign of an “old” scarf based on a photograph of the chancel wall at Trinity Church Boston. This scarf is brighter with crisper detail where as the earlier version had more of a soft rosy hue due to light falling from an adjacent stained glass window.

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If you’ve not seen it first hand, Trinity’s chancel is hand stenciled with beautiful floral and spiritual details. Its design and decoration is not original to the 140-year old building designed by H. H. Richardson. The original apse in 1877 was much more simple. It was redesigned in the 1930s by Maginnis and Walsh.

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This silk scarf featuring the chancel decoration is available exclusively in the Trinity Church gift shop. You can learn more about the chancel on the Art and Architecture page of the Trinity Church website and of course on a tour.

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I’m pleased to share that two new cuff bracelets are available in the gift shop at Trinity Church in Copley Square. The designs are derived from the decorative and architectural features of that beautiful building, in this case the hand stenciled golden walls of the chancel and the stained glass window, The New Jerusalem, by John La Farge. Speaking of which … returning soon will be the silk scarf also featuring that bright blue design.

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The shop is open Tuesday – Sunday. Learn more about location/direction on the church website: http://trinitychurchboston.org/

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Last year I had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the interior of Temple Sinai, home to a reform Jewish congregation in Sumter, South Carolina. Construction was completed in 1913 with the installation of a unique series of stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Tanakh. Along the walls, in beautiful drapery glass, you will find the stories of David, Moses, Elijah and more. At the time, the future of the temple was unclear. The congregation had dwindled over time.

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But one year later I am happy to share that through the hard work of members of the congregation, and of others, the temple will be preserved as an active place of worship. In addition, in partnership with the Sumter County Museum, a permanent exhibit is being developed onsite to share the Jewish history of Sumter and South Carolina. The past is being preserved even as a new path is being charted for a congregation that may indeed grow. All are welcome! Learn more about the temple, its activities and plans for the exhibit in this FAQ page by Elizabeth Moses, Museum Outreach and Education Coordinator.

http://www.sumtercountymuseum.org/templesinai/

You can support the development of the museum exhibit by donation in two ways:

  • Make checks payable to the Sumter County Museum, 122 N. Washington St., P.O. Box 1456, Sumter, SC, 29151, making note that the donation is for the temple museum exhibit, or give online at: www.sumtercountymuseum.org.
  • Make checks payable directly to Temple Sinai, P.O. Box 1763, Sumter, SC, 29151, making note that the donation is for the temple museum exhibit.

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You know you’ve watched too much Game of Thrones when you’re walking through the woods, photographing nature, you chance upon a moth on a tree and while your first thought is “Beautiful!” your second thought is “Wow, I can so see Jon Snow or maybe his sister moodily walking the walls of Winterfell wearing a robe like that!” 🙂

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But in truth I do find the pattern on this moth’s wings quite inspiring. No fantasy character’s robe in the future but perhaps a scarf? We’ll see …

 

 

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I rose this morning intending to be quite disciplined. A cold rainy Monday. What better time to focus on (overdue) paperwork and organizing electronic files. Manilla file folders were at the ready as were a handful of new memory sticks. I decided to start with sorting images first … and that was my disciplinary downfall but creative uplift.

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detail from John La Farge’s New Jerusalem 

I chanced upon a recent photo I’d taken of The New Jerusalem, a magnificent stained glass window at Trinity Church in the City of Boston designed by John La Farge. It was a closeup of the jewels that sit atop the layers of painted and stained glass that compose the top panel of the window. All I had to do was figure out which memory stick to place it on. But somehow, perhaps because the jewels’ bright colored sparkling was in such contrast to the gray day around me, I found myself lost in their beauty and began to wonder … what if I

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And then there’s another what if and another what if until you kind of fall into a groove of playing … for hours! … with what’s evolving on the screen. Deconstructing and creating at the same time. Imagining what if this pattern were on paper, on a mug, etc. But mainly in the course of recent events for me, I wonder what if this design, or its next evolution, was applied to silk. Will it work?

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I don’t know yet. It’s a work in progress, and I have to admit I’m excited to see what will happen. I’ll be sure to share! 🙂 Okay, back to paperwork …

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A new scarf inspired by a memorial window at Trinity Church. Available exclusively in the church gift shop.

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