On the death of a young woman, the daughter of good friends and a student of mine, her community was asked to make pages for their family’s “memory book.” My mind and heart focused on the grief Anna’s parents must feel on this inexplicable and senseless accident.
Baptismal Waterfall with River Banners to surround the congregation
I am in the beginning stages of designing a large project for a Northwest church…Here you can see how I start playing with the ideas. I’ll keep you posted as things progress. Nothing is for sure yet…but I hope the designs are accepted. Here are three versions of a waterfall, sketches in pastel…
Only one of these three designs would be selected, and quite possibly altered to meet the needs of the church. The final banner would hang behind an alter that opens up to a baptismal font.
It would be about 30 feet long, and up to 8 feet wide, hand painted silk dye on silk Charmeuse.
The composition to the right here is my favorite I think. But I do like the yellow light in the sky of the other two. Maybe a combo?
What do you think? Leave me a comment.
Furthering the River theme would be several 8′x4′ panels on the walls depicting macro images of a river flowing from the waterfall and embracing the sanctuary. Here is an example of one of these sketches, done in watercolor, and a second one below.
I sure hope this project flies, as I’d love to do it. But you never know until the contract is signed. Send me good thoughts or prayers if you are inclined. And to the church that would commission these. I’d love to do this project.
The banner “Who Is My Neighbor?,” commissioned by St. Marks Lutheran Church by the Narrows in Tacoma WA, was unveiled this Sunday. Pastor Jan Ruud wove the theme of the banner into his sermon. I wish I could have been there.
Kristen Gilje’s “Who Is My Neighbor?” with pastor Jan Ruud, St. Mark’s Tacoma WA
Every year our local Allied Arts of Whatcom County hosts a member exhibit. I submitted one of my silk paintings from the “Metamorphosis” series: “Painted Lady II,” and it was voted “BEST OF SHOW” in our Annual Members’ Exhibit by visitors to the gallery! You can read about it in the Allied Arts Feb. Newsletter. Thanks everyone.
©2010 Kristen Gilje, Painted Lady II, 28″x22″, silk dye on silk
This winter I accomplished a long-term goal to develop a stole representing our great Northwest environment.
©2012 Kristen Gilje “Northwest Stole” hand painted silk
The idea was to include day and night, winter and summer, mountains, plains and ocean in one piece!
My goal was to express the sacred beauty and presence of God I experience living in this varied landscape. Wearing this stole in our Green Season rites and rituals in our churches is a way of expressing gratitude to the Creator for such a wonderful home. My hope is to see this sacredness celebrated in our churches.
The seed for this stole design came from a painting I completed in 2006, celebrating life at Holden Village in the North Cascades. Can you see in the two vertical strips, one yellow and the other purple, one summer and one winter, the start of the design?
©2006 Kristen Gilje, “Breadmaking at Holden,” watercolor 22 x 30 inches.
I promised myself I’d some day make a stole out of this painting, and now here it is!
Kent French, pastor First Congregational Church of Bellingham UCC, modeling “Northwest Stole”
First Congregational Church of Bellingham UCC
2401 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 360.734.3720