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Many Mansions

my father's house has many mansions, golgotha, calvary, stations of the cross, passion of the christ, religious art, inkjet printing on fabric, penitent thief

MANY MANSIONS is a is a mixed media piece in which digitally manipulated photographs are printed on silk, free machine embroidered, and mounted in a vintage window frame.

This piece is an interpretation of the scene at Golgotha when Jesus promises the Penitent Thief that he will also attain Paradise.  ” ‘And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.’  Then he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.’  He replied to him, ‘Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.’ 23:39-43

This scene makes me think of the bit from John 14:2,  “In my Father’s house are many mansions.”  This is one of the most inclusive verses in the New Testament.

The photographs used to create this piece were taken in Indiana, on U.S. 52 (the three crosses are actually the neglected superstructure of an old billboard), New York City (Grand Central Station), Sullivan’s Island SC, and Turkey.

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Detail of the three crosses on the hill of Golgotha

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Detail of Paradise, with many mansions.


Monticello Triptych

Presbyterian, Indiana, religious art, liturgical textiles, church banner, liturgical commission, baptismal vestments, gifts for clergy

Monticello Triptych, 50" x 114". Created for 1st Presbyterian Church of Monticello, IN. In Memoriam Margaret H. Wineland, it incorporates some textiles from her collection, and was designed to complement the contemporary stained glass windows in the Chapel.

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The gothic arch and two side panels are separate pieces, to facilitate installation. Motifs and sheer overlays were layered over a logarithmic grid of mixed textiles, with details embroidered in gold ribbon floss.

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Detail: The Detail: Eye of G-d moving over the waters. Machine-stitched gold ribbon-floss.

MONTICELLO TRIPTYCH :  This piece is informed by an overall theme of water, as is appropriate for a church in “the land of lakes”.  The left-hand panel represents creation coming out of chaos per: Gen.1.2: …and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters.   and Ps.24.1-2 The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.  This panel is headed by “Xi“, the initial letter of the Greek “chaos”, and uses the schematic fish shape for the eye of God.

The right-hand panel represents the Flood and the threat of a return to pre-creation chaos if God should turn away per:  Gen.7. 11-12: …on the day all the fountains of the deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.  And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.  This panel is headed by “Rho“, the initial letter of the Greek “rheos” (stream), and uses the fish shape as the dove.

The dominant, center panel represents Christ as fisherman per: Matt.4.19: And passing along by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen.  And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. (similarly, Mark 1.17)   as well as the sacrament of baptism (from baptizo, the Greek for immersion).

The star as lower left representing the nativity and the house of David, and the cross at the upper right representing the death and sacrifice, are linked by a gold fishing net symbolising Christ’s life and ministry.  The glory of the risen Christ is suggested by the colours and rays at the very top of the arch, behind the traditional “Xi Rho“, the first two letters of “Christos”.  The fish shape is used in its usual guise as a symbol for the Christ.

“We were so lucky to find Brigid and examples of her work easily accessible.She provided samples and sketches, and produced a hanging intensely warm in color, feeling and significance.”  Jan Lindborg, First Presbyterian Church, Monticello IN


Baptismal Vestments

Episcopalian, Indiana, religious art, liturgical textiles, church banner, liturgical commission, baptismal vestments, gifts for clergy

Set of Baptismal Vestments, Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis, IN

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Cotton matelisse, pigment painted, sheer applique, machine stitched gold and silver ribbon-floss.

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Cotton damask, block printed, sheer applique, machine stitched gold and silver ribbon floss.



The Light of North Church

Methodist, religious art, Indiana, liturgical textiles, church banner, liturgical commission, gifts for clergy, Black Madonna

Gift from a reading group to a lay leader. Composition of interior and exterior photos of North United Methodist Church, Indianapolis IN inkjet printed onto silk, embellished with a variety of machine-embroidered threads.

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Detail.


Shekinah Stole

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Stole commissioned as gift for Lisa Schubert, Methodist ordinand. now pastor at Hilside United Methodist Church, Princeton IN. Mixed textiles, block printing, applique, machine-stitched ribbon-floss embroidery.

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Hand offering mudra/Christ Pantocrator blessing, pomagranate applique.

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Center back, with image of dove/Shekinah/divine feminine.

“I received one of Brigid Manning-Hamilton’s beautiful stoles as a gift for ordination. I love her creative attention to detail, as well as her ability to craft a piece that not only reflects my personality and ministry by fits perfectly with our worship space.  Brigid’s passion and talent for art as sacred expression is a gift that I treasure.”  Lisa Schubert

For further discussion of this piece go here.


Veronica Wipes The Holy Face

Lutheran, religious art, Indiana, liturgical textiles, church banner, liturgical commission, St. Veronica, devotional art.

Diptych on view at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Frankfort, IN. On the left The Holy Face is obscured by a scrim of metallic organza and protected by a frame of “metal”, quite correct and sanctified. The right-hand panel expands the frame, bringing us face to face with the Christ, and the imprinted veil almost billows out to us, a palpable talisman of compassion and belief.

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The main image. Inkjet print of a scan of a layered textile piece, embellished with machine stitched "thorns" and coral beads.

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Outside front, a loose interpretation of the wallpaper in the Master of Flemalle’s St.Veronica, as an aging fresco.

To read more about the thought behind and the construction of this piece, please go to here for interpretative detail, and here for how I built it.


Peacock in Common Time

Methodist, religious art, Indiana, liturgical textiles, church banner, liturgical commission, peacock, symbol of immortal life

This pulpit fall, for North United Methodist Church, coordinates with the Pomagranate Tree of Life banners. Mixed textiles, block printing, machine-stitched ribbon-floss embroidery.  Coordinates with the Tree of Life — Pomagranates, below.

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Cropped view.

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Portrait.