My Holy Orders

Collage and other artwork By Sandra Marcom Carlman

Hymns & Poetry Gallery

 These collages are available for purchase, priced between $200 and $400.

Available in print in either of two sizes, 8"x10" print, matted to fit in an 11" x 14" frame for $35, or 13" x 19" print matted to fit in an 18"x 24" frame for $45.

Cards are available  in sets of 4 (identical) for $12. 





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And When He Shall Die                                       $400

". . .and when he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night."

                                William Shakespeare

                                Romeo and Juliet   

                                Act III, Scene 2 



This 20"x16" collage uses cut and torn paper and pen and ink.


Also available in print and card form.



This Is the Hour of Banquet                             $250

"This is the hour of banquet and of song;

This is the heavenly table spread for me;

Here let me feast and feasting still prolong

The brief, bright hour of fellowship with thee."

                                      Horatius Bonner


This cut paper collage measures 16"x20", including the burgundy mat.  It uses various papers to depict the bread and wine of the communion meal.  The two following collages use other stanzas of Bonner's poem.


Also available in print and card form.



Too Soon We Rise                                              $250

" Too soon we rise; we go our several ways;

The feast, though not the love, is past and gone,

The Bread and Wine consumed; yet all our days

Thou still art here with us -- our Shield and Sun."

                                   Horatius Bonner


This is the second stanza of Bonner's poem.  The sun is cut from the same paper used in verse one for the chalice.  The symbols on the shield are made from metal foil with embossed textures.  The collage is 16"x20", including the burgundy mat. 


Also available in print and card form.


The Lamb                                                           $300

"Feast after feast, thus comes and passes by,

Yet, passing, points to the glad feast above,

Giving us foretaste of the festal joy,

The Lamb's great marriage feast of bliss and love."


This is the concluding verse of Bonner's poem.  The circle behind the Lamb uses the same paper as the chalice and sun in the two collages above.  The Lamb is formed with layers of white paper to suggest a wooly coat. This collage is 16"x20" including the burgundy mat.




Also available in print and card form.

Eternal Light                                                      $350

"Eternal light, shine in my heart; eternal hope, lift up my eyes; eternal power, be my support; eternal wisdom, make me wise.

Eternal life, raise me from death; eternal brightness, help me see; eternal Spirit, give me breath; eternal Savior, come to me:

Until by your most costly grace, invited by your holy word, at last I come before your face to know you, my eternal God."

                Christopher Idle, from a prayer of Alcuin


This detail shows most of the different kinds of papers used in this 16"x20" collage, including a page from the Bible, vellum, various handmade and commercial papers. 


Also available in print and card form.


Love Is Come Again                                            Sold

"Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain,

Wheat that in dark earth many days has lain;

Love lives again, that with the dead has been:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.


In the grave they laid him, Love whom hate had slain,

Thinking that never he would wake again,

Laid in the earth like grain that sleeps unseen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.


Forth he came at Easter, like the risen grain,

He that for three days in the grave had lain,

Quick from the dead my risen Lord is seen:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green.


When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,

Thy touch can call us back to life again,

Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been:

Love is come again like wheat that springeth green."

                                           John Macleod Campbell Crum


The first three verses are hand-lettered around the left, top, and right sides of the 16"x20" torn and cut paper collage; the fourth verse is below the grain of wheat springing from the ground.


Available only as a print.  The amount of text makes it unreadable in card size.


May Every Soul That Touches Mine                     $400

May every soul that touches mine --

Be it the slightest contact --

Get therefrom some good;

Some little grace; one kindly thought,

One aspiration yet unfelt;

One bit of courage for the darkening skies

Beyond the gathering mists --

To make this life worthwhile

And Heaven a surer rest."

                             George Eliot

This 16"x20" collage combines cut and torn paper.  The detail, left, shows  the tiny gold that appears at the point of contact of the two circular forms, the touch of one soul and another.




Also available in print and card form. 


My Christ, My Shield, My Encircler                       $300

"My Christ, My Christ, my shield, my encircler;

Each day, each night, each light, each dark,

Be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph,

My Christ, my Christ. . . ."

                           From a Celtic Blessing


The papers painted and prepared for this collage are somewhat luminous.  The prayer is printed once on the inside the circle and then repeated in a spiral near the center of this 16"x20" collage.


Also available in print and card form.


I Asked For Strength                                          $350

"I asked for strength that I might achieve.  I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;  I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy; I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness that I might feel the need  of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life; I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped for.  Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered; I am, among all people, most richly blessed."

                                               Prayer of an unknown Confederate Soldier


This 16"x20" collage uses acrylic paint and ink on paper.  The text is an integral part of the design.


Also available in print and card form.


Hole in a Flute                                                  $350

"I am a hole in a flute that the Christ's breath moves through.  Listen to the music."




The collage measures 20"x16".  It uses transparencies, metallic papers, teflon fabric, and ink.


Also available in print and card form.



Rugged Cross, Wondrous Cross                           $350

(left) " . . . the old rugged cross, the emblem of suffering and shame."  George Bennard

(right)  ". . . the wondrous cross on which the Prince of Glory died."  Isaac Watts


The idea for this collage came from my friend Diana (the one who sent me the Henri Nouwen book that began all these collages!).

She preached  a sermon in which she illuminated how through Jesus' death, the symbolism of the cross had been completely changed from shame to  reverence.


Also available in print and card form.


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