Saint Paraphernalia

The woman across the table looked at me. We each had piles of collage papers around us. I had just remarked that the line of art pieces each person in the class had done, looked sacred and regal.

A possible Saint Paraphernalia looking for a small, dropped thread.

A possible Saint Paraphernalia looking for a small, dropped thread.

Her face lit up. “I love saint paraphernalia,” she said.

“I’m not Catholic,” I answered, unsure of what she meant.

“Oh, I’m not either, I just love the beautifully illustrated lives of the saints, and the candles, and gilt-edge books,” she added.

I smiled, having misunderstood her to say that she loved Saint Paraphernalia, and assuming I misunderstood one of the names in the panoply of Catholic saints.

Now I’m thinking that Saint Paraphernalia needs to be the patron saint of multi-media and collage artists.

"Wisdom," by Jane DeRosier. I love the collage presentation; and wisdom is needed for a Saint Paraphernalia.  Image link below.

“Wisdom,” by Jane DeRosier. I love the collage presentation; and wisdom is needed for a Saint Paraphernalia. Image link below.

We pray to her to help us sort through the boxes to find that little corner with that color or design that fits right here, that we need now, that can’t be found. Saint Anthony, patron saint of lost things really isn’t what we need. We need someone who loves color and texture, little found pieces of art. She values order but knows that order isn’t the answer to storage problems. Remembering what the order we chose to use is the important thing.

And then there is remembering what we finally threw out last week and need now. Followed by leading us out of despair. A perfect saint for those who deal in small, treasured objects.

—Quinn McDonald thinks she needs all the divine help, of any kind, she can get.

Image link to Jane DeRosier’s original artwork on Juxtapost.

 

 

Advertisements

28 thoughts on “Saint Paraphernalia

  1. My friend just noted that all saints were martyred: so did St P die when the contents of her studio collapsed on her? She’s sainted because there are three miracles–so did someone find the lost thread or paintbrush?

    • Saint Paraphernalia was martyred. She was. . . altered. Glued and cut. But she was beautiful through it all. Her miracles were transforming the common to the gorgeous, making people feel like artists, and having just what a collage artist needed at hand. For that last one, St. Bricollage got the credit.

  2. St Paraphernalia is a perfect name for the person who will make order from the chaos of a studio, but for everyday cleanup and creating order from the disorder of a household, you need St Zita (who has keys, a broom or two and lots of dustrags).

  3. This does include the things you put in a Safe Place, right? I’m all over it. I have left houses and never found stuff I put in a SP. It’s a family joke. I think there are SP gremlins. Does St. P battle gremlins?

  4. St. Paraphernalia! LOL! Finally St Anthony gets a break! “It isn’t LOST! You forgot where you put it! Ask St P where you put that perfect piece you collected in 1986!” Sheesh, mortals…

  5. Perfect! I love the idea of St. Paraphernalia! Poor St. Anthony has been overtaxed and out of his depths with mixed media and collage artists. 🙂

  6. haha – good one. Yes, I’m sure there is such a saint. Terry Pratchett has a goddess of things that get stuck in drawers (I’ve forgotten her name).

Join the conversation

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s