I Am the Immaculate Conception
wearable shrine on Etsy.com
For the past four years I have visited the Lourdes sanctuary
once a year. I have written about my many pilgrimages
to Lourdes on my blog Cloister of the Heart.
I have also dedicated nine days a year on my blog to
where I create and share art inspired by Lourdes
for nine days in a row culminating on the feast day
of Our Lady of Lourdes.
My visits to Lourdes have inspired my work as an artist.
The miracle of Lourdes is not limited to specific religion
or church. It is an on-going event which inspires hundreds
of thousands of people from all walks of life and
from all philosophies to visit Lourdes and to see for
themselves what it is that draws so many to visit
a spring the grotto of Massabielle.
This wearable shrine or rosary is called
I Am the Immaculate Conception, the words
that the 'lady in white' spoke to young Bernadette
in her own mother tongue, a French dialect
spoken in that part of France.
The image is baked onto a porcelain cabochon
set in brass filled rhinestones
and the beads match the colours on the
The beads and chain and tiny rhinestone cross
are all vintage pieces.
You can read about my pilgrimages on
Cloister of the Heart
and see my other pieces of sacred art that
are for sale at