Friday, July 18, 2008
Emblems and Symbols of Time Passing
Wanted this focal unit to look like a very old, revered piece that might have been handed down, very weathered and worn and much-handled.
The dark steel wire helps to give that aged look, and also the color, the way it's irregular and the edges seem chipped and faded.
The way it's made, it could be hung on a picture hanger on the wall, to use as a household decorative piece, or with beads or chain it could be worn as jewelry. (or as someone pointed out to me, dual purpose by taking off the chain and hanging back on the wall after wearing - good idea)
On a trip to Ireland I went into a church in Galway, with its carved effigies and placques in the walls, dating back to the 1500's, built so long ago it seems impossible it could still be standing. The stone walls had such a beautiful look to them, from the generations of hands touching them in passing, slowly and gently polished over time.
That's the look I wanted to catch in this emblem, of use and wear and much handling, and outlasting the hands that used it.