Here are 2 fabric relief pictures that incorporate the story of St. George and the Dragon. These pieces were personal projects and not made for an illustration job or to be published in a book. Both “George’s Chair” and “The Storyteller” illustrate the power of the imagination, one through reading a book and the other with storytelling.

georgeWM   The chair was made with worn upholstery fabric and sticks out about 1″ from the surface. It has a lace doily on top and the chair’s legs are polymer clay.

georgeanddragonWM George’s chain mail hood is made from metallic fabric and his arms, legs and sword are wire wrapped with metallic thread. The princess has an acorn cap crown sprayed with gold paint.







16 thoughts on “Dragons

  1. I love George’s Chair! You have captured the essence of “getting into” a good book! The detail is incredible – as usual! You always seem to out-do yourself (if that is at all possible 🙂 )

  2. So complex on so many levels. Wow! I am in awe of the detail and workmanship involved–not to mention imagination and creativity! There is a lot packed into such small pieces. They are really wonderful!

  3. Is George’ Chair a book or IN a book. I know it was a while ago, but I
    can’t find the book.
    Your work brings me such visual pleasure and your attention to detail
    in design and execution warm my heart and touch my soul.
    I especially love your posts because I can look more closely at your
    fine touches. You are genius.

    • Hi Carolyn,
      Thank you! I’ve just added a sentence to the post to clarify that that both pictures are not part of a book or illustration job. They were made purely for my own enjoyment. In the future I want to do more work like this, that is personal and stands on its own.

  4. Once again Salley, your tremendous talent shines forth in the magic of reading and being transported into realms of delightful imagination . Your pieces encompass such lovely details that are enchanting for all, regardless of one’s age. Those of us who use a needle, even to put on patches, find delight in your fancywork. Using your Grandmothers old wool petticoat is pure genius, and shows what a thrifty and resourceful artist you are! Wishing you continued artistic adventures! Nikki

  5. Wow, Salley — your detail always amazes me, but somehow these seemed exceptional. Thanks for sharing. I’d be curious to know how much you stitch and how much you glue when assembling your pieces?

    • Glue? I stay away from the stuff. Too messy for me. I only use glue to build wooden structures or to hold a stone in place. If it can be sewn down, I use thread. Even wood pieces are sewn through drilled holes. It doesn’t feel right unless I use a needle and thread!

  6. A friend sent me your link. I just love these works of art. I am a storyteller of young children and I feel you have captured the spirit of many a storytelling program with young children. You have a great talent.

  7. Put ‘dragon’ into your search because I happen to be in the middle of one, but didn’t really expect any results! Yours is excellent, of course. Mine is … different ;).

    I especially like the second one. The darker green looks splendid. Velvety?

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