Jeff Wunrow is a liturgical artist creating beautiful contemporary textiles for churches and clergy all over the world. Call us for banners, chasubles, dalmatics, paraments, clergy stoles, deacon stoles, and interfaith designs.

Jeff’s Blog

Celebrate your Community

Banners, particularly processional banners proclaiming the name of your church, are made much more personal and meaningful by incorporating fabric donated by the members of your congregation.  These two examples show how these snippets of fabric can be incorporated into a cohesive design.  By setting a few parameters, such as color, size or fabric type, you can ensure a finished product that reflects your community for years to come.

processional banners


Staying on budget

Stay on Budget

Sometimes custom work can be expensive. All of our liturgical textiles are created in the US by skilled workers, and very often the more beautiful a stole is, the more time went into it, and it is priced accordingly. But if you see something you love that is out of your price range, give us a chance to customize the design to meet your budget. Some years ago, a client fell in love with this elegant lotus stole, but she didn’t love the price. I was able to create a few different options at a few different price points, by simplifying the design and reducing the amount of time needed to stitch it. In each variation the spirit of the design was intact, as was the customer’s budget.

abstract lotus stole


Look Unified Yet Still Unique

When you have multiple clergy on the altar at the same time, it can be important for their vestments to match, but it can also be desirable to show the individuality of each person.  Our stoles are the perfect solution.  Our Holy Places stoles comprise ten different designs, but they can be made from the same fabric palette, so the finished stoles are one of a kind, but clearly belong together—just like your clergy.

The green and red stoles each have the same base fabric (in this case, each set is made with a base of silk matka) and are made using the same blanket, but each has a distinctive look.

contemporary clergy stoles

 


What Inspires Me? The People of My Parish.

Trinity Cathedral BannerMy parish in St. Louis has been my spiritual home for twenty years.  I wouldn’t be where I am without them.  When given the chance to design a banner to represent us, I wanted the banner to reflect the blending of the traditional and contemporary elements of our worship and highlight the unique character of our church family. The Eucharist is central to our worship, so the chalice and host was a natural choice of image.  The text is set in an elegant older font, but the irregular outlining of the chalice is a modern touch. The host is comprised of small squares of fabrics donated by members of the church. Some of those squares lay outside the outline of the host, because we are well known for pushing the boundaries in our worship, service and community, and there are empty areas in the host because there is always room for new people to join us.  I think this banner represents the nature of our faith community as well as any single object could.


What Inspires Me?

 In August I will celebrate nine years of work as a liturgical artist.  I am lucky to have found a career that allows me to fully engage the creative side of my brain.  I am even luckier that I have found churches and clergy that not only share my taste in what we find beautiful, but are willing and able to invest in new items to enhance their ministries.  Over the years I have been asked where my ideas come from.  I thought it was time to share some of my inspiration.  With this blog, I will post a picture of a finished design and talk about the genesis of the idea and the design process.  I hope you will enjoy getting a deeper understanding of my work.  I also hope it will be worth your time to read it!