|Kristen Lavransdatter as a bride|
I first read this trilogy as a teenager. I loved the books so much that I have read all three of them each decade of my life. As soon as I learned the theme for this time, I immediately thought of these books, which of course I read in translation.
To depict Kristen I used a photograph of a bride, which I scanned and then posterized on Photoshop.
The posterization allowed me better to see the shadows on the bride's face. I then drew it onto flesh-colored fabric and used colored pencils for the features and the shadowing. I altered the original bride's happy smile to one that depicts how pensive Kristen was on her wedding day. She looks over her shoulder, perhaps pondering if she has made a grievous mistake.
I used a fine-tipped Sharpie for her eyelashes, and a dot of white paint for the highlights in her blue eyes. Kristen's hair is constructed of strips of various colors of yellow and gold fabrics. I fused and then appliqued down the face, as well as her hair. I machine quilted the background, which was made up of two batiks, a dark green foliage and cut-outs of birch or aspen trees from another batik. I used artificial flowers and a vine for the wreath, using both thread and glue to attach it.
Below is a close-up of Kristen's face.