In the welcoming atmosphere of the Motherhouse at the Nazareth campus, a special kind of magic is unfolding. Sister Martha Clan, alongside her enthusiastic colleague Kelly Easton, is immersed in a project that brings not just joy but a sense of communal spirit to their surroundings. Their latest endeavor, art wreaths, has become a beloved activity, not just for them but for everyone who witnesses their creations.
The reception area, usually a place of quiet comings and goings, has transformed into a hub of creativity and laughter. Here, Sister Martha and Kelly, often joined by Sheryl Dowell, another dedicated employee at Nazareth, spend hours meticulously crafting these wreaths. Each creation is a testament to their dedication and artistic flair.
“I made ten wreaths for all the Sisters on one Carrico Hall floor for Christmas,” Sister Martha shares with a smile that reflects the joy her work brings to others. The wreaths are more than just decorations; they symbolize love and the spirit of giving.
The process, as described by the duo, involves cutting ribbon, dovetailing, and gluing pieces together – a task that requires patience and precision. “Kelly is very patient,” Sister Martha remarks.
They often turn to videos for design ideas, ensuring each wreath design is unique and beautiful. The laughter and fun they share during these sessions are as much a part of the creation process as the materials they use. Kelly notes, “The materials can be costly, but we enjoy the happiness it brings.” They hunt for the best deals in stores or repurpose leftover materials from churches but never compromise on quality.
As Lent approaches, they embark on a new project – making wreath crosses for the Lenten season. This project holds special significance, symbolizing the solemnity and spiritual reflection of the period. The crosses, like the wreaths, are crafted with the same love and care, destined to adorn various spaces around the campus, adding a serene atmosphere of Nazareth.
The wreaths and crosses make an impact. They are a source of inspiration and a reminder of the beauty of shared efforts. The Sisters and other employees at the Motherhouse often stop to admire these creations, each piece sparking conversations and a sense of togetherness. In the halls of the Motherhouse at Nazareth, their beautiful designs are more than just art; they celebrate community, faith, and the enduring spirit of joy.