Our Lady of China

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Zhōnghuá Shèngmǔ

Blessed Virgin Mary

fabric mosaic

Our Lady of China

Back in 2007 I came across a very sweet Marian image in one of my internet searches.  I often use art for inspiration and began with a preliminary sketch. For whatever reason, I set to sketch aside and never got back to it… until last month when I had reason to sort through the drawer where it had been stored.  I looked at it, thought about it, and decided maybe it was time to consider it again.  After some redrawing, I was ready to begin and here are the results.

Part of what I like about working with fabric art are the avenues of learning related to the subject that open up that I might otherwise never have reason to explore.  One example of this type of discovery is the fact that Our Lady of China refers to the Marian apparition that occurred in 1900 in DongLu, a small village in China.  The story of deliverance is charming and a source of inspiration to millions.  And, I knew nothing about it before taking up this project.

I took a few photographs with my digital camera (not the best quality) and put together a brief video.  In the next couple of weeks, I’ll get it mounted and professionally scanned for high-resolution printing.

https://www.youtube.com/analytics?o=U#fi=v-bTxQU0J4KVw

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About Kerri

I am a fabric-sewing enthusiast. All of my art is created in the medium I know best, beautiful, luscious, fabulous fabric. I have an intuitive understanding of the relationships between color, texture and design combined with my passion for detail and devotion to technical mastery makes fabric the natural medium for my artistic expressions My primary sources of inspiration for my sewing include historic costume, the interplay between fashion trends and classical forms, a penchant for quality and excellence and the beautiful colors I see in nature.

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  1. That is really beautiful. I was brought up Catholic so I was surrounded by images of the Virgin Mary at school, at Mass etc. These images were always of a white. western version of the Virgin so I was always interested to see other culture’s versions. I have never seen a Chinese image though, thanks!

    • Thank you, Sorcha. Yes, I know what you mean about our western orientation… it is so natural for people to see the world, both heaven and earth, as it relates to their own experience and identity. Seeing the expressions of other cultures brings into focus the expansiveness and inclusivity inherant in the Christian faith.

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