iconspirit: the website of Karen Blampied, iconographer



November 2018



My Earthday Icon was displayed at the Icons for Unity Exhibition in London





September 2018

An Encounter with Creation

The Earthday Icon Exhibition

The Earthday Icon visually speaks the language of creation- The hope and Crisis of Creation.

The Earthday Icon was exhibited at churches in Jersey.




June 2016


Karen tookpart in the Skipton Open Studios 2016.
Her St Lawrence studio was open to the public on 26th June and 2nd and 3rd July


During Holy Week Karen's icons were displayed as part of the Cost Art Installation held in St Helier Chapel at the Town Church Jersey.


"The ‘Cost Narrative’ is frequently found in Religious iconography. For this reason the icons and annotated sketches I have contributed to this Exhibition ‘Cost’ tell the story of Saints, young and old, who have paid the ultimate ‘Cost’ of following Christ with their lives. From the teenage Saints of Pancras and Margaret of Antioch to John the Forerunner and Helier, who lost their heads as a result of their Christian beliefs."


Saint Margaret of Antioch  Saint Pancras

St Margaret of Antioch & St Pancras


December 2015

Karen's work was on sale at the Harbour Gallery "Christmas Cheer" exhibition from 20th November to 4th January 2015


Market pop up shop

Karen participated in the Jersey Central Market Christmas "Pop-Up" Stalls on December 5th, 12th, 13th,19th and 20th 2015


November 2015


Acorn Christmas Fayre

5 - 7 November 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Karen's work was on sale at the Acorn Christmas Fayre  where there are locally produced gifts are on sale.  Over 20 different stall holders with an array of fabulous gift ideas on offer exhibited.
Acorn Café served home cooked food throughout


October 2015


The British Association of Iconographers BAI Exhibition -


Karen exhibited 6 small icons aat the BAI Exhibition of Members Icons - ‘Icons for Peace 2015’ - which took place in October 2015 at St Saviour's Church, St George's Square, London, SW1V 3QW (near Pimlico Station)


The exhibition "Icons of Peace" was opened by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira (Ecumenical Patriarchate) at 11.00am . His Eminence was elected Archbishop by the Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on 16th April 1988 and his enthronement took place at the Cathedral of Sta. Sophia in West London.


Icon exhibition


Earthday Icon




Icon Exhibition Town Church

St. Helier Chapel,Town Church, St. Helier



Icons for peace















September 2015


Karen took  part in the Spice Exhibition  which is an Arts and Music Festival held annually at Grouville Common, Jersey.



Spice Exhibition

August 2014


Harbour Gallery Summer Exhibition



Harbour Gallery




In August I was invited to be Artist-in-Residence at the Anglican Church in Dinard, France writing an icon of the Parton Saint of the Church, Saint Bartholomew. www.stbartsdinard.fr

22nd-28th August. 2011.


Interior of St Bartholomews Church, Dinard


JULY 2011


In July I was invited to participate in the Christian Arts Festival on the Mont Saint Michel in France.  This Festival runs from the 21st-25th July 2011.


Called ‘13 Centuries between Sky and Sea’ (13 Siècle entre Ciel et Mer) the Festival aimed to gather Christian artists together to witness to the link between their craft and their faith. http://festival.mtstmichel.free.fr


Mont St Michel


JUNE 2011


Between 18th and 26th June I was artist at Notre Dame de la Clarté Chapel at La Hougue Bie in Jersey. 


This was a part of the Jersey Arts Trust Open Studios Event.  Click here to follow the progress of the icon


Photo Istock photo

Notre Dame de la Clarté Chapel at La Hougue Bie in Jersey.





The Twelve Parish Saints of Jersey Icon Exhibition by Karen Blampied  

was held in December 2010 at All Saints Church, The Parade, Jersey Click here


Launch of the Artists Directory Exhibition
Friday, June 4, 2010  Time: 11:00am - 4:00 pm  Location: Windward House


Flower Festival at Dinard Anglican Church was focused around the icons of Karen Blampied. 
Dinard Anglican Church France in July 2010
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Glad Tidings Exhibition,  was held in December 2009.

Click here to read a copy of an Article which was included in the "Faith" Section of the Jersey Evening Post of 11th December 2009.

The icons selected for this exhibition fell into three main series.  The "Nativity" Icons demonstrated the richness of the interpretation of the birth of Christ by different cultures.  The "Our Lady" icons expressed Mary's role as the Mother of God.  The "Sacramental" icons  invited participation and a response to the Good News.  Each icon emanates in its own way the glad tidings received through a divine encounter with the incarnate Christ.