In March of 2011, Stratoz and I received our biggest commission yet. Our friends Gary and Suzanne Halstead had a wall in their yard, overlooking the labyrinth they created. The space was host to retreats and labyrinth walkers, and Suzanne had a vision of the wall mosaiced in the style of our Nutmeg Designs’ signs, in the qualities of the Holy Spirit: Joy, Love, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Self-Control and Faithfulness.
We were honored to be asked to create these words in mosaic. I remember being in Sunday School in the 7th grade, at Edmonton Moravian church, and studying the fruits of the spirit, from the passage in Galatians 5:22. In true Sunday School style, the lesson included an exercise in creating a mobile out of paper, a different fruit shape for each quality. Over the course of the week, I felt compelled to recreate the shapes out of scraps of fabric(the 70’s were good for polyester double knit, which didn’t ravel), hand stitched together, and stuffed with cotton batting. Bringing the mobile to class the following Sunday, I felt conspicuous, and felt embarrassed by my excess, and yet I loved the soft forms, and still have them in my memorabilia.
Stratoz began the project by designing and cutting out the letters for Faithfulness. He was going to start with “Joy” but Faithfulness gives us a running start with many more letters! I will be gluing the letters down and mosaicing around them, and I can freely give myself to this big, bold, colorful incarnation of the Fruit of the Spirit, with abandon!
Here is a video by Stratoz introducing Faithfulness:
Over at Stratoz: Scraps of Faithfulness: Doodling