Traditional symbolism of the eagle, representing St. John, is here rendered in overlarge format with the image extending beyond the edges of the picture plane, speaking to the long-standing outreach ministries of the Parish.  It is entirely hand-sewn from widely varying fabrics, using traditional liturgical colors; the banner is 5’ x 10’ in size, backed in cranberry cotton & tab-mounted.  A coordina-ting processional banner was made soon after. 1979

Parochial Banner

     St. John’s Parish    

       Waterbury, CT

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The ‘Season’ banners pictured include: Advent (four flames on purple), Easter (rising sun on orange), Pentecost (white dove on red), and Lent (green palm on light purple); others in the series are Epiphany (three crowns on teal) and Christmas (large white star on black).



These twelve banners are actually two coordinated sets, six depicting the major seasons of the Church Year, the other six quotations per-taining to music. They were created using machine sew-ing techniques from chintz

fabrics, each measuring 30” x 42”.  They are hanging back-to-back on wooden rods mounted on the architectural ‘knees’ of the ceiling. 1988

‘Music’ banners pictured include: ‘Sing to the Lord a New Song’ (on green), ‘Venite Ado-remus’ (on peach), ‘Alleluia’ (on yellow) and ‘Cantate Domino’ (on red). Others in the series are ‘The morning stars sang together and all the children of God shouted for joy’ (on deep blue), and ‘Magnificat’ (on teal). Exaggerated stars form the ‘dots’ over the i’s in the quotations.

   “Fountain Fullness”


Commissioned for the summer wedding of two prominent Bonaventure scholars, this banner was part of the remarkable cere-mony designed around their study of the 12th Century mystic. The image reflects one of the primary beliefs espoused by Bonaventure in describing our relationship with God. The banner was made by fusing silver lame fabric to a background of deep blue watered silk. It is fully backed in the
same blue silk, a silver cord surrounding.
36” x 36”                                           2000

        The Great ‘O’ Antiphons of Advent 

                            A Liturgical Landscape

The ‘O’ texts have been set to music many times over the centuries, the most familiar of these being ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’ containing the seven most frequently used. They date from the ninth century at least with some liturgical historians ascribing them to St. Gregory the Great in the sixth century.  Before setting out on this visual journey, look at the bottom section of each panel.  The Cosmos, the Great Beginning, the Mysterious Unknown, layered with earth, then with life (grass) underlies all that soars above.

O Sapientia (at the far left) Ecclesiasticus 24:3 (O Wisdom...)

O Adonai (at the far right) Exodus 3:2, Acts 7:30 (Adonai, Ruler of the House of Israel)

O Radix Jesse (second from left) Isaiah 11:1,10 (O Root of Jesse...)

O Clavis David (second from right) Isaiah 22:22 (O Key of David...)

O Oriens (third from left) Isaiah, 42:6 (O Rising Dawn...)

O Rex Gentium (third from right) Isaiah 45:8-13 (O King of Nations...)

O Emmanuel (center) Isaiah 33:22, 7:14 (Emmanuel, King and Lawgiver...)

These banners were assembled from a wide variety of fabrics and sewn together, both by machine and hand-sewing methods. They each measure 4 x 8 feet.  When mounted, the tallest is 11 feet above the floor. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, VT - 2003

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  “He is Risen”   


Window-Banners, Easter 2006.

These large (4’ x 8’) windows were ‘crying out’ to be filled with a statement celebrating the Resurrection of Our Lord.  Made entirely of transparent or translucent fabrics in tints of white and yellow, these images represent the blinding truth of the Risen Christ. Evidence of the

Creation joyfully intrudes through the scene, the intensity of which changes as the viewer walks from one area of the nave to another.

Nylon and other synthetic fabrics were fused onto nearly transparent fabric. Black lines were added using sharpie permanent marker to better define the areas. Calligraphic lettering is, made from dichroic-like fabric. The panels are mounted on tension rods at top and bottom.

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                 175th Anniversary Banner 

                  St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, VT

For use in various ceremonies celebrating the 175th anniversary of the Vermont Diocese, each parish was asked to create a banner, including the founding date of that community. St. Paul’s is represented here using an image of the current church, built in 1973. Also in the composition is a ‘visage’ of the original 1832 building.  Finally, the lettering in the upper right implies a forward-looking  future for St. Paul’s.  The back of the banner, always visible in procession, has the Shield of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Made of a variety of materials, fused construction and tab-mounted, the banner is 24”x 36”. 2007

                     “Cornflakes” Banner

Created as one of a series of “Stewardship Banners”, this rather unique appeal to stew-ardship ‘attitude’ uses free, brush-like lettering in two distinct weights to portray the two aspects of the message.  The background is of painted stripes on cotton, the lettering being made of white ‘duck’-weight fabric, fused to the surface.  The whole is lined with batting between, allowing for gentle curves and swirls of the machine quilting.  Author of the quote is unknown.  The banner is 72” x 29” plus tabs and rod. 2007

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I have always found the story of Mary Magdalene fascinating so wanted to portray her as completely as possible - therefore the exaggerated, sensuous hair, the contemplative face with a single tear and the magnificent jar.  Strong, spiritual women are worthy of extensive study, for their faith speaks to them in unique ways and leads them on remarkable journeys.  I’m sure we haven’t heard the last from this amazing witness.

This is the first in a series of ‘Holy Personages’ banners I am en-visioning. While I love working in fabrics, I intend to use a variety of media, depending on the re-quirements of the commission.

Fused construction containing mostly dupioni silks.  Outlines applied with ultra-fine-tipped squeezable paint. 55” x 40”                                                                                            2007

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“Uzziah’s Dream” Banner

The imagery of this event is so abundant and compelling! I have responded to it with several works over the years. (See below.) When I saw the background fabric, the need to engage it again drew me to create this banner. The quotation from Isaiah 6:1-8 is rendered as dream-like phrases, each very familiar but here ‘floating’ in the mind/vision of the viewer. The several colors allude to various intensities of involvement, with warm colors expressing the panic/amazement/relief responses to the action of the scene. All takes place in the confusion of a smoke-filled environment in which nothing seems clear – until the voice of the Lord is heard.

The fabulous smoky felt background inspired the making of this banner!  I generally stay away from felt, especially this very flimsy, stretchy variety but the ‘pattern’ drew me in.  I mounted it onto a very sturdy backing by introducing lines of stitching that meander across the surface.  The lettering/image is composed mostly of dupioni silks fused to the surface in flowing lines which acknowledge the background design.  A few ‘novelty’ fabrics are included in the ‘burning coal’. 2007

The program cover to the right was done for an ordination many years ago. It was so ‘in your face’ that the Ordinand didn’t really like it.  Hmmmm...

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Miscellaneous Processional Banners

These banners, created in 1971, were pulled out of ‘storage’ for the 275th Anniversary Cele-bration of St. John’s Parish, Waterbury, CT in 2008.  They are made of glued felt, yarn, something shiny (?) and are about 24” x 60”.  They were the first banners made by Judith (Fisher) McManis after attending a banner workshop lead by Norman La Liberti.

  275th Anniversary


                St. John’s Parish

           Waterbury, CT   2008

Created from ‘quilter cottons’, this banner celebrates the ministries of this great historic parish: Outreach, Forma-tion, Stewardship, Pastoral Care, Music & Liturgy, Hispanic Ministry. All fabrics were fused onto a sewn-construction backing.  Pole mounted.   30” x 65”

            “Witnessing the Resurrection”

                Interactive Wall Hanging/Banner

The Resurrection would be unknown to us without the stories and those who related them. The initial sense of this work is confusion, much as it must have been on that first Easter morn.  There is sunrise as the stars fade out in the on-coming brilliance, but it seems to tell us nothing of the Event, the only obvious message being found in the title.  The viewer must participate, must travel, must recall or must investigate to find out what stories are hinted at.  Walk to the left a few steps and see who may be speaking or what event might appear.  Walk to the right and do the same.  In total, there are fourteen stories - fourteen 'Stations of the Resurrection.'

The Empty Tomb, Appearance to Mary, Resurrection Denied,

Supper at Emmaus, Shore Appearance, Appearance on Mount,


Angel Speaks to Women, Noli me tangere, Road to Emmaus, Doubting of  Thomas, Questions to Peter, Revelation to Paul, Pentecost.

This piece is 39” high by 8’ long, made from ‘dumpster-dive’ cardboard which has been layered with matboard panels, lettering and tissue collage.  2008

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Ubuntu Reredos, a series of constantly-changing images appearing behind the altar for General Convention in Anaheim, California in July.

Both projects are made largely from silks, some textured, quilted or otherwise decoratively sewn; ‘add-ons’ include beads, shells and star-sequins!

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                  “The Spirit of Advent” 

                  St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH - 2008* 

The design is based on the four candles of the Advent Wreath, marking each Sunday in this season. While that observance is meaningful, it is only a preparation for the Main Event - the Nativity of of Our Lord.  To try to ‘make visible’ the energy and anticipation of Advent, I chose to illustrate the Spirit-of-the-Time by having the smoke from the candles swirl and dance in joyous anticipation of the event to come.  Thus, the vast majority of the design is taken up with Spirit-work, not our work of lighting candles.

The fabric banner above (actually sized as a pulpit-fall: 24” x 32”) is of fused and sewn construction in silks with one metallic.  It is part of a proposed set of Vestments/Paraments for the English Gothic Chapel at St. Paul’s School, the remaining pieces to be completed at a future date. *The ‘banner’ was completed for entry into an ECVA on-line show in 2008.  The images below are the proposed pieces for SPS.


    Two related projects: St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, VT  2009

In January, 2009, my dear friend, Stan Baker, was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons at St. Paul’s.  His family commissioned a Deacon Stole for him to be presented on that day. For many, many reasons Stan’s Stole had to involve the Covenant (I) between God and Creation, including the ultimate sign of promise, the rainbow.  I had a wonderful time working ‘in miniature’ - having just finished several very large projects.  It was fascinating to see how much could be included in such a small space! Stan was most pleased with the result - see photo below. 

After Easter of 2009 the VT chapter of ECVA collaborated with the Earth Care Ministry of St. Paul’s to mount an exhibit: ‘Water as Sacrament: A Finite Gift From God’. I decided to elaborate on the Covenant (II) theme from the stole, enlarging and adding even more detail to create this 12” x 36” fabric banner, this time fitted into a frame. As I stated in the show’s Catalog, this work celebrates the diversity of forms in which we experience water - and God’s promise of redemption. A photo of this work was submitted for the

A more-detailed account of Stan’s Stole can be found by going to the ‘Stoles’ section.          

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Fabrics of many kinds, including silks, quilting cottons, transparent/translucent nylon, with a finish of metallic gold letters, provide a suitably rich cosmic stage.

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“For the Splendor

      of Creation”

The starry Cosmos, wind and dancing clouds, a rainbow with rain - all made to nurture the earth in with its many crops (animals to follow, surely...)


mounted in the Great Chapel of St. Paul’s School, Concord, NH

“Love Divine”

The fire of love as well as the descent of the dove enrich the imagery in both the hymn-text and this image.

“Earth & All Stars”  The earth-from-space is centered in a swirl of stars formed within a giant spiral.

Integrity-VT Parade Banner

Created for Pride Week, 2010.  Also used as a table-front for various events where Integrity wishes to be a ‘presence’ for those in attendance.  Printed commercially on vinyl.

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Based on photographs and 

a wonderful, impressionist 

painting of this splendid   church, designed by Bishop John Henry Hopkins, the 200th Anniversary was celebrated with a new banner.