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Karen Blampied

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News from  2011 - year of publication of Karen's book  |    2010 - year of the twelve Parish Saint Icon project   |   2009



Karen has been working on a few more Ethiopian Folk art images. 10% of sales will go to the Ethiopian food crisis appeal.
Click here to see Ethiopian Art

June to July

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.



Karen has transferred her studio closer to home however her prints are still on sale at the Harbour Gallery, St. Aubin.


Karen opened a studio in the Harbour Gallery, St. Aubin, Jersey. Click here to see.


Prints - Karen decided to sell a range of prints of her icons.  These are on permanent display at the Harbour Gallery.




Professor D.W. Parsons' Blog
Wayne Parsons is Professor of Public Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published widely in academic journals and has worked in the UK and abroad as a lecturer and consultant in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Click here for an extract from his Blog of Friday, 4 October 2013.  The subject on the First Friday is about his visit to The Sacred Heart in Jersey



Karen attended the British Association of Iconographers Exhibition which was held from Thursday 25th October to Saturday 27th October 2012. 

The British Association of Iconographers presented an exhibition of members' hand-painted icons, with talks and a film on related subjects.


A limited number of hand-painted icons were offered for sale, subject to availability.

The photographs - right and below were taken at the exhibition.


Karen's book about the Parish Saints of Jersey - All Saints - can be seen on display on the bookstand.

Icon spirit studio 
Icons on display at BAIE
British Association of Iconographers exhibition Bookstand


In 2012 I have written the following icons



2011 began with an incredible commission to write an icon of the Resurrection for a 100 year old lady, a birthday present from all her children. I had several other commissions to complete by Easter.


In July I was invited to participate in the Christian Arts Festival on the Mont Saint Michel. This Festival ran from the 21st-25th July 2011. Called ‘13 Centuries between Sky and Sea’ (13 Siècle entre Ciel et Mer) the Festival aims to gather Christian artists together to witness to the link between their craft and their faith.




In August I was invited to be Artist-in-Residence at the Anglican Church in Dinard writing an icon of the Parton Saint of the Church, Saint Bartholomew. 22nd-28th August. 2011  Click here to go to the page about the icon and Saint Bartholomew's Church


In November 2011 Jersey Heritage are publishing my  book  ‘A Welcome Heritage - The Twelve Parish Saints of Jersey.’

Click here to read more


Icon of Resurection




‘All my Delight is in your Saints. The faithful who dwell in your land.’


This quote from psalm 16 was not only the title of the 2010 Twelve Parish Saints Icon Project, but also my sentiments as I look back on that incredible pilgrimage through the 12 parishes.


My visit to each Parish Church as artist in residence enabled me not only to paint an icon of the Parish Saint but also to meet the people of that parish.


I have come away from this experience with a great sense of joy, I have truly met the ‘faithful’ who dwell in this island. Talking and praying with parishioners was an inspiring way to reflect and develop the icon of each Parish Saint.

All Saints Church

Over the year, while artist-in-residence, over a thousand people came to see the work I was doing in each parish Church.


The final exhibition of all the icons at All Saints Church highlighted the value of the journey where people had an opportunity to visit all the Twelve Parish Saints together.  


A big thank you must go to the Anglican community for welcoming me into their churches and to the parishioners of All Saints Church for hosting the exhibition



Parish Icons


In 2010 Karen Blampied created an icon for each of the twelve Parish Churches of Jersey.

Click here to go to a page which details the progress of the icons


Articles about the Parish Saints in Various Publications


St John's Magazine - Star of the North

St Mary's Magazine - Communiqué

St Peters Parish Magazine

Trinity Church Website

St Saviour's Parish Magazine - La Cloche -Autumn 2010


Jersey Evening Post

Article about Karen and the Parish Icons

October 15th 2010 edition of the Jersey Evening Post.  Entitled "An inspiring journey" and written by Lucy Mason, a pdf version of the article can be seen by clicking here


Flower Festival at Dinard Anglican Church  - July 2010 (La Fete des Fleurs autour des Icones)

Karen's icons were exhibited alongside beautiful flower arrangement. The Flower and Icon Festival attracted 400 visitors .  English afternoon tea was offered and  Scottish Pipers from Jersey played in the Church garden on Saturday and in the Church itself on Sunday after the morning service.   The colours of the flower arrangements matched those of the icon exhibited alongside. 


Click here to find out more and see the photographs taken


flower arrangement

Symbol of Faith  - Karen particularly likes this

The Nicene Creed in original Greek Recited by His All Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch and Pope Benedict XVI Icons by the hand Elias Damianakis, Iconographer
Click here to watch video







BBC Gallery - Christmas Lights in Town

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