You never know how an artist will touch the lives of others.
Sure, an artist might create art with someone particular in mind. The artist might do it, with the hopes that someone will like the creation enough to buy it. And then the artist might create the work for the love of art and not give a second thought as to the who or why.
My latest passion, as it were, is designing and creating rosaries. For years, I wanted to learn how to make them but was intimidated by wire wrapping. The closest I ever came to making devotional prayer beads was sacrifice beads. In fact, when I was teaching at my parish school, one of the art classes I taught in conjunction with religious education was showing my students how to make a string of sacrifice beads with cord, pony beads, and a religious medal. (My inspiration came from one of my favorite saints, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, who used such beads to count off her sacrifices and good deeds.)
Here’s a sample of sacrifice beads I taught my students how to make.
Then, after all these years, something dawned on me. My confidence with wire wrapping came, I had a lot of beautiful and unique beads, and why not?
I created a couple of rosaries and showed them to my friends. Before I knew it, I was taking custom orders. This portion of my studio and shop was taking off, and it still is going like gang busters.
This past weekend, I was in an art show held at The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pensacola, Florida. I was happy to sell some of my beaded/sewn jewelry and wire key chains. What I didn’t expect – but was thrilled nonetheless – was the popularity and selling strength of my rosaries and chaplets.
What touched me greatly were two sales in particular. One became a gift for a little girl who is making her First Holy Communion this spring. Her aunt told me, “You can never have enough rosaries, and this one will be her first.”
A young married couple with a several-months-old baby girl bought a rosary for their baby for her christening, which is being celebrated today at the Cathedral. They were happy to find just what they wanted to present to her.
I felt happy, and frankly, sentimental about those particular sales. I have every rosary I ever received – from my first plastic glow-in-the-dark one to a real silver one Handsome bought for me in Mexico. I can only hope that the two little girls who will receive the ones I made will treasure them and remember for what occasion they received them. And I hope they will use them.
And you never know how a buyer will touch the life of an artist.
©Designs by Susan Marie Molloy for Miss Poppy’s Boutique