Our Lady of China


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.


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.

14 responses »

  1. I love your image. I am an aspiring iconographer and am planning out writing this icon for the first time. I want to just focus on Mary as you have since I am still developing my skills. I am interested in getting a high-resolution image of your work and adapting it for the cartoon from which I would work to write the icon. Would it be possible to obtain a copy of this image in digital format?

    I absolutely love what you have crafted. You have a gift.

    • Hi Ruth, thank you for your interest and very kind comments. I’m glad you like my work. I also take inspiration from the work of others, especially ancient mosaics and classical paintings. Although my fabric mosaics are not in the strictest sense icons, as they do not follow the prescribed method, they are meant to be iconic in nature. I have (self) studied iconography principles and their use of color, expression and postures… it’s all very interesting to me.

      I can’t really release my high resolution images in digital format, because these are what I use for paper and canvas print productions…. that would be giving away my store. 🙂 I can direct you to my Imagekind shop where prints are available for as little at $9.49 and up depending on the size you want. If you’re interested you can visit: https://www.imagekind.com/our-lady-of-dong-lu-fabric-mosaic–virgin-mary_art?IMID=2df47bfe-1cf0-456d-aa4f-00e1eaa7b7ed

      Thank you again for reaching out. I always enjoy hearing from people. I love to see your work and especially if you follow through on Our Lady of China. Do you have a website I can visit?


  2. What a beautiful story, I love to see others culture’s versions of Virgin Mary.
    You made a Master Piece Kerri !!

  3. 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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