I knew I wanted to make a pair of shoes for this sweet, long awaited baby. And considering her big sister's legacy and this baby's "origins" I knew exactly which fabric I was going to use.
Way back in 1997 (gosh I can't believe how long ago that was), I spent an incredible month living in Florence, Italy learning screen printing and textile design. Our assignment was to create a fabric inspired by Italy. This was my design. The colors, the blue sky, the golden sun, the earth. The rest of it came from the art I saw everywhere. The blue diamonds were a motif on a fresco of the Last Supper. The two crosses were inspired by the two ways that Christ was depicted over and over. The hard brown cross with the crown of thorns represented his humanity, his death, his pain and struggle. The leaf crosses represented Christ's deity, his resurrection and the life that can be found in him.
Given all that this family had been through, I knew that this was the project this fabric has been waiting for. In the over a decade I have had it, I have pulled it out and put it back over and over again. Nothing seemed worth cutting into it. So I used the unprinted edges to make the outer shoe and lined the sweet things with the print. But inside, on the soles I made sure that the leaf cross was visible. Because I pray that this little girl's life will always stand on the foundation found in Christ. I pray that her feet will always be planted in his love for her. Her very existence is already proof of the victory of life and love over sin and death.
|For Sienna Faith|