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 AikensΒ©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.....