Articles and Videos

How to Plant Woad Seed

Since a few people have asked for more details about how to plant woad seed before the winter snows get too deep, my daughter and I decided to create a short video about how we do it here at the studio. Please feel free to ask for additional information in the comments section below, and … Read more

Sharing Woad Seeds

If you’re someone who follows what the Conestoga Iconographic Studio is doing, you’ll know that we really like the colours we create here in the village. And, one of our favourite local colours is the woad blue we make every year. Creating indigo blue from woad plants goes back into Neolithic history, and the colour … Read more
Icon of Christ the Pantocrator

Gospel Text for Christ the Almighty

The words written within an icon give voice to the saint through what they hold in their hands. Each saint holds a scroll depicting something they have written—coming from either the Old Testament, an Epistle, or one of the saint’s writings. But, in an icon of Christ the Almighty (in Greek, Παντοκράτωρ, or Pantocrator), we … Read more

In conversation with David Goa

One of the many joys for me this summer was the chance to talk with David Goa about the studio one evening while I was teaching in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Earlier this year, David began a series of podcasts called, In Conversation, and during our visit, I enjoyed the chance to be interviewed for his latest episode. … Read more

Mary the Guide

All icons of Mary the Theotokos (the “Birth-giver to God”) are a profound statement about humanity’s relationship with God. Mary, a teenage girl embodies the beauty of faith—saying yes to the angel’s promised miracle despite its unfathomable reality nine months earlier. Christ Emmanuel, the baby boy, is truly God with us. In this icon we … Read more

Making an Icon: Panel

In this video, the work of making a traditional wooden panel here in the studio reveals details about the nature of wood and its part in creating a durable, long-lasting icon. Watch previous video from the series:Making an Icon: Wood

Making an Icon: Wood

In this video, a closer look at the wood used to make an icon reveals details about the role a tree plays in creating an icon and the work done to find and prepare it. Watch next video from the series:Making an Icon: Panel

Regina Icon Painting Workshop

Sunday, July 14th to Friday, July 19th, 2019. Location St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church3337 15th AvenueRegina, SK S4T 1T3 Contact Information Phone: 306-522-6052E-mail: [email protected]: www.stmarysregina.ca Fees: $350 $350 for teaching and supplies. Lunch provided. Description In this workshop, twelve participants will work together over a week to make an Orthodox icon using traditional methods … Read more

Naming of Saints in English

This is an issue very near to my heart. In 2005 our second son was born. He lived for thirty-eight days before entering the glory of his Father. His name was Anthony. In that too-short time with us, we were informed by some well-meaning members of our community that we had gotten his name wrong, … Read more