The Magnificent Century and the Topkapi Palace

The Magnificent Century and the Topkapi Palace

Source: Sofia Globe

Source: Sofia Globe

Source: Haaretz

Source: Haaretz


I just wanted to make a quick post about a show that I have been enjoying on Netflix called the Magnificent Century. this show is basically a telenovela of the court of Suleiman and his harem. The most delightful thing is that is was filmed in the Topkapi Palace where you will see many of the Isnik manufactured tiles that inspired the Sophia line in Ravenna Relics.

You can see the tiles in the background of this still image of the Sultan Valide, Suleiman’s mother.

source: TvTropes

source: TvTropes


I highly recommend the show, not so much for historical accuracy, but as a visual treat. The costuming is exquisite, and again, leave expectations of historical accuracy at the door. Just enjoy the ride. 🙂

Sophia at Ravenna Relics

And if you are looking for t-shirts, mugs or canvas totes with watercolor and digital collages inspired by the Ottoman decorative tiles, check out Ravenna Relics. We have several designs to choose from. Let us know what you think in the comments.




Tintern Abbey, the inspiration for the Tintagel Line

Tintern Abbey, the inspiration for the Tintagel Line

A J.M.W. Turner light effect, 1828

Tintern Abbey was founded on May 9, 1131 by Walter de Clare, Lord of Chepstow. The Cistercian Abbey grew over its 400 year history. The Decorated Gothic church was built on a cruciform plan, a common design back in the day. The stone used to build the structure waved from grey to purple.

National Library of Wales

During the reign of Henry VIII, the Abbey was dissolved and the land and buildings given to the current Lord of Chepstow. Over the centuries, the once vaulted stone church fell into ruin. Such romantic ruins they are and have inspired poets, painters, and Allen Ginsburg who dropped acid there in the 60s.

Holiday shipping deadlines

Holiday shipping deadlines

Seasons Greetings! The holidays are just around the corner and we want to make sure that you can get your ordered gifts in time to give them to some lucky person. Because it takes time to make your product, and then ship it, please check out these important dates!


If you are ordering from the U.S …

2016 Holiday shipping deadlines for the USA

If you are ordering from Canada …

2016 Holiday shipping deadlines for Canada

POLL: Which humanitarian groups will Ravenna Relics support in 2017?

POLL: Which humanitarian groups will Ravenna Relics support in 2017?

pink heart, blue wall, bricks, donations, charitable giving

Editor’s Note: I struggled with keeping this blog neutral in order to gain more sales. But when good people are silent only the howls of hatred are heard. Screw that.

People are searching for ways to make sense of the elections and hearts are hurting so badly. I want my art to be a force of change in the world. We need healing so badly as we move forward. We know that social services to vulnerable populations will be cut as the Republicans gut our civil liberties. Increases in hate crimes show the normalization of fear politics. We need to reach out and become the change, the good, the humanity we want to see in the world.  Do the thing that will bring more grace into the world.

To help with this effort, a portion of each sale will go to three charities and you can help me pick them. There is a poll below that I would really like you to complete. There is a variety of organizations from local food banks to international relief agencies. All are doing worthy work and I look to your help in making the decision.

Please make your selection of the organization that you want Ravenna Relics to support in 2017.

We will donate a portion of each sale to the three organizations with the most votes by midnight, December 31, 2016.

Make a difference

You can make a difference in people’s lives

Choose good

You can choose to heal by reaching out to those who need you.

Answer the call

We will be donating to three charities in 2017. Lend your voice.

Lift others up

Please read about the people and organizations doing incredible work to make the world a place worthing living.

Please take a moment to visit these great organizations and consider supporting them. You can help change the world. Mission: We empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights.
Girls not Girls Not Brides is a global partnership of more than 600 civil society organizations committed to ending child marriage and enabling girls to fulfill their potential.
Heifer International We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity – but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.
Thistle Farms Thistle Farms is a powerful community of women who are healing from prostitution, trafficking and addiction. We employ more than 45 survivors through our social enterprises.
Malala Fund Inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Fund’s goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities.
Ecotrust Ecotrust’s mission is to inspire fresh thinking that creates economic opportunity, social equity, and environmental well-being. Our goal is to foster a natural model of development that creates more resilient communities, economies, and ecosystems here and around the world.
Mercy Corps Alleviate suffering; poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
Sylvia Rivera Law Project The Sylvia Rivera Law Project works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.
The Trevor Project The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
Kiva Kiva is an international nonprofit, founded in 2005 and based in San Francisco, with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.
Central Asia Institute Education and support for women and girls in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan.
Doctors without Borders We help people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care.
Planned Parenthood Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
Portland Adventist Community Services PACS is a vibrant community of volunteers and donors who work together to provide food, health care, and low-cost clothing/household items to low-income individuals in the Portland area.
Cat Adoption Team The Cat Adoption Team (CAT) was founded in May 1998 as a safe haven for unwanted and abandoned cats and kittens.
SAFE Horse Rescue Our mission: To rescue, rehabilitate, and retrain horses facing neglect or abuse and provide them with the best opportunity for a permanent home and a lifetime of safety.
Heartland Humane Our organization provides an open door animal shelter where we care for 1,000 – 2,000 animals each year. Programs include lost & found services, affordable adoptions, pet foster care, Safe Housing Program, humane education programs, pet food bank, and behavior counseling referrals.
Make a Wish Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes.
Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation Non-profit that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of kids by giving them the opportunity to learn and play music in school – and keep music education strong and available to kids without the means and access to play. A non-profit corporation, established in 1997 to bring together world leaders in the study of traumatology for the purpose of establishing and maintaining professionalism and high standards in the care of trauma victims and responders throughout the world.
Marion County Food Share Our mission is to lead the fight to end hunger in Marion and Polk Counties … because no one should be hungry.
American Cancer Society For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer.
Doernbecher’s Children’s Hospital OHSU Doernbecher offers the region’s broadest range of pediatric treatments – to more children in more places than any other hospital in Oregon or Southwest Washington.
Project Feeding Kids Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
Fare Start Food service training for vulnerable youth and adults. It helps them find jobs and create better lives.
Breast Cancer Fund The Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.
Clowns without Borders Clowns Without Borders (CWB-USA) is a non-profit organization, which offers resilience through laughter. We aim to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and other situations of adversity.
Feral Cat Society The Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon’s mission is to improve the welfare and reduce the population of feral and stray cats through spay/neuter programs and education.


Welcome to Ravenna Relics. Mixed Media collages on apparel, gifts, and prints.

I am so glad you found my shop. Come on in and look around and don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ravenna Relics is an apparel and gift shop that uses medieval art to inspire our designs.

You will find t-shirts, ceramic mug, and canvas tote bags with my art on them in the shop. I am heavily influenced by ancient and medieval history and the gorgeous art created by those who lived so long ago.

Once I find an inspirational art style from the medieval or ancient world, for instance, the ceramic floor tiles of English Romanesque churches, I will design and paint using watercolor and gouache then pull the finished painting into Photoshop and Illustrator to create the finished collages.

I have always loved history. I spend hours reading and learning about how other people lived, loved, died and left a lasting legacy in the long ago.

When I was young, you would almost always find me with my nose in a book. There is something heart warming about knowing that people want to wear art that I created. It brightens my day and makes me very happy.