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Her Cross to Share

Trish Jaggli Says a Vision Led to Her Idealistic 10-Year Mission

March 30, 1997|NANCY CLEELAND | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Though she always considered herself spiritual, Jaggli did not attend church and said she can't recall having a cross in her home until she began making them. It wasn't until she and a friend worked through a period of crisis three years ago that both turned to the Bible and organized religion.

Then came Easter, and the television program, and, Jaggli said, an overwhelming feeling of dread or anticipation followed by a bright light and what she described as the voice of God.

In that moment, everything changed in Jaggli's life. She still struggles, still drives the same car, still frets over roof leaks.

But Jaggli said she found a new tranquillity and trust. Indeed, the day she began making her first cross, a new client called with a $10,000 job, she said. That same client has provided enough work to pay the bills, while allowing her time to work on the crosses.

Many materials, such as the mirrors used on the sides of the crosses and the tiles for the mosaic, are donated or sold to her at a reduced cost, Jaggli said. She sometimes hunts up offbeat ceramics in thrift shops or scavenges them from friends.

In fact, Jaggli's greatest challenge for the next decade might be finding 10,000 people for her crosses. "It doesn't leave me with a lot of extra time or money," she said, "but at least at Christmas, I've got every gift covered, and everybody knows what they're going to get from me."

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