I know virtually nothing about Maria Yantovskaya. I only know what I can google and that includes where I first discovered her gorgeous work here. According to this site:
“She started to embroider a long time ago – more then 30 years ago, in those days when such creativity was dangerous. She also invented own techniques of an embroidery of icons, and then taught the others. And those works, that you can see here, are made by her techniques – every bead is sewn separately, but all together, like the Byzantine mosaic, they form an integral picture. And though these icons are executed strictly on an orthodox canon, nevertheless there is a place for creativity even in its frames – to decorate with stones, or pearls, or amber. So the each icon is a unique one, the only one.”
These are some of the gorgeous icons posted there.
This beadwork is utterly stunning. I’m in awe. That icy blue image of the Virgin Mary is going to stay with me. Many more mind-blowing pieces here.