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About iconspirit Studios and the work  of Karen Blampied



iconspirit studios’ was set up in November 2008 by Iconographer Karen Blampied to fulfil a passion for writing icons.  Channel Islander, Karen, writes icons in Jersey where she was born and exhibits in Jersey and France. This website showcases Karen's work. 


Karen is currently writing the


"At ‘iconspirit studios’ the whole process of writing an icon is a theological journey from the bare board of the crucifixion to the luminous colours of the resurrection. The writing of icons is according to traditional techniques. These I have learnt over the years through several courses in iconography; the history of iconography, scripture and iconography and conciliar iconography. As well as practical courses; such as drawing the icon, painting, gilding and designing the icon."    

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What is an icon?

"An Icon is a sacred Christian image. It has been an important part of Christian prayer for over a thousand years in both the way it is crafted and portrayed. It is the written Word of God in visual form. The Word of God that inspires, teaches and resonates the love of God. An icon acts as a window to the Divine, we can look through it and see statements of the Christian Faith. It is an awe inspiring way of telling the 'Truths' about the Christian story for those who can read its language"


An icon is a very special piece of Christian Art.  It is prayfully hand crafted using traditional techniques and is a focus for prayer in the home and/or Church.


To read about the writing of the icon and its craft click here


"All Saints" Karen Blampied's book on the

Icons of the Twelve Parish Saints of Jersey

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2010 saw the completion of the Twelve Parish Saint Icons   Icons were created for the twelve Parish Churches of Jersey in the Channel Islands. 

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Karen's work is on sale at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin, Jersey.  Click here to see the studio and 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




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The British Association of Iconographers  BAI Exhibition - October 2015

BAI Exhibition of Members Icons - ‘Icons for Peace 2015’ - took place in October at St Saviour's Church, St George's Square, London,

The exhibition "Icons of Peace" was opened by His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira (Ecumenical Patriarchate). .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.

I was so lucky to have the chance to exhibit 6 small icons in this exhibition.