This was my very first shrine that I ever made. I made it in honour of Mother Mary and all the mothers in my love. As my offering for the Seventh day of Twelve days of Mary I share this with you here.
I bought this vintage statue of Mary on Etsy and when I took her in my hand,
an image and feeling arose, which I then did my best to re-create in this shrine.
The image was that of the Divine Mother, weaving us through the aeons
and us weaving life in return. It was a dance of giving and receiving;
receiving and giving; all held together by love,
whilst honouring the suffering of this world at the same time.
So I dedicated this shrine to Divine Mother, the Weaver of All.
I understand the intent of life to be loving purpose.
This we are shown through the lives of the holy ones, the saints,
and especially through the life story of Jesus and that of Mary.
The intent of life is to manifest Love through our choices and decisions.
As we live in a world of cycles, change and death,
we often become burdened by the thoughts that joy,
ecstasy and love is only fleeting. But by saying 'yes' to
the givens in life, to the gifts and blessings of life,
we can let go of our attachment to making it last
and allow the inevitable change to transform us.
As we weave our daily lives with the thread of Grace,
we become part of the tapestry of the Mystery : that which
shines with Love beyond reason, beyond logic and beyond mind.
In this shrine she stands on a piece of woven cloth and she holds threads,
combined with gold and teardrop crystals, between her two hands -
a garland of the web of life. To her left is a porcelain wing and
behind her is a crown embellished with real freshwater pearls.
In honouring Her as weaver, we are also honouring all those
who weave and sew the stories. For them I have added a
miniature set of knitting needles and some knitting,
a tiny ball of wool, a sewn babe's cap; miniature skeins
of tapestry wool, a dressing maker's mannequin,
tape measures (one vintage made of cloth),
and a tiny sewing machine. On the right is a
bucket with copper wire and roses twisted around :
reminiscent of the Passion of the Christ.
In the bucket is a tiny tag that says 'Faith'.
On the left hand side, behind the tapestry wool,
is a tiny safety pin, beaded with beads in the traditional African way.
The shrine is decorated with pieces of vintage doily, trim and teardrop crystal beads.
As I worked on this shrine, I was filled with memories
of my grandmothers; women who passed all their
wisdom and creativity on to me. As I sat with my
maternal grandmother and watched her sew,
she told me about her life of suffering and the
courage it took to re-create a life for herself.
My paternal grandmother told me her story
whilst knitting booties for the next grandchild.
Both their lives spanned the war and my paternal
grandfather died on the battlefield. In their memory
and in holding their suffering, I collaged the frame
with postcards and letters and ticket stubs from the war,
as well as from some of my grandmother's sewing patterns.
Grace is Undying Love.
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