Not Your Typical Catholic Wares

The Society of Saints was founded more by happy accident than a purpose-filled business plan.

Almost 10 years ago, I was racking my brain trying to find a Christmas gift for my mom. Her typical response is for us not to buy her any more "stuff", however I had on hand a few of my grandmother's old costume jewelry pieces. Knowing that none of us would wear them, I dissembled the necklaces and created for her a rosary. The idea was it would bring her happy thoughts about her own mother whenever she held it to pray. Well she loved it, and double bonus, I enjoyed making it. So much so I kept going and made a few more with other vintage necklaces I had collected. I love the tactile feeling of old beads, their uniqueness, and their look of days past. Plus all the history vintage beads bring to an already heavily loaded item such as a rosary. I think it was at that point when I officially caught the bead bug. l search flea markets, estate sales, farmers markets, rummage sales, and the like, for vintage beads to repurpose into chaplets, rosaries, and Catholic inspired jewelry. I will also incorporate antique religious medals and crucifixes when I am lucky enough to find them during my hunts.

But as much as I enjoy creating hand crafted items I am still an illustrator and painter at heart, and I missed that form of creativity. I decided to expand my offerings to religious art and it was an easy decision since I have an affinity towards, and collect, antique prayer cards. I find them quite fascinating, tiny little works of art that people can carry around with them anywhere for reflection and enjoyment. To me, the cards printed today have lost their appeal and uniqueness due to mass production and overuse of generic imagery. Therefore it was a no brainer that I would to create my own. I thought there might be an audience that would, like me, enjoy a newer variety of prayer cards that have an updated, unfussy, and modern illustrative style.

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