This was a shrine I made and donated to the Red Art auction in Los Angeles last year. It is a shrine to St. Catherine the Patroness Saint of the arts. It was the second time I have included metal in my art quilts and it was a breeze to sew through. I used 4x4 copper sheets,trimmed them down and sewed them using my Bernina 1130. Love that Bernina. I have had it for 17 years and would never sell it.

Red Box Shrine

I found this great photo in an antique store and know that I had to use it in a shrine. The shrine is made of 1/4 foam core-light but very sturdy.  I cover all my shrine with hand-made papers from Japan or Nepal ,usually rice paper or paper that has a texture to it. It gets several layers of paint,stamped images,collaged papers and stain. This shrine opens and also has a drawer full of treasures.

 I usually include some type of bone in my work. This one is from a chicken. It has been cleaned and stained.


This was one of the first shrines that I made and it is one of my favorites. It has a drawer in the back that holds a battery pack and I scattered lights on the back wall. It is lovely when it is all lit up. It was in the Day of the Dead show at the Westport Center for the Arts.

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