St. Francis Medical Center lobby, Peoria, IL

The area above  the tall, brick fireplace in the lobby needed a signature piece, commented Diana Bredy Spellman, interior decorator, working with our client we decided that a woven tapestry of Saint Francis would soften the space and be an uplifting subject. It was chalanging to find figurative tapestry artist, as oposed to an abstract one.

"After an exhaustive search, I found Monique Lehman through the editor of Fiber Arts magazine. The team selected Monique, in part because her hand -dying method enables her to use enough thread colors, in combination with her figurative imagery, to create tapestries that are so realistic they resemble oil paintings. After extensively resarching the life of Saint Francis, Monique  made color sketches and 6 months later, the tapestry was compleated and delivered. This signature piece is a great example of effective commissioned artwork and its ability to support a hospital mission."

The new pope and tapestry Franciscus Assisiensis:

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