Apr 26, 2012

alternate reality

i've often wondered about parallel universes. if they exist. i believe that they do, well ... at least they do in my imagination. this week was particularly exciting ... becos the imagination was exceptionally active and the visuals vivid. i love days like these! its an escape. i travel to places where no one's been, and i travel without being out of the house. yea ... i'm a weirdo.  

my adventure began when i saw myself on a ship. a ship from a bygone era. i saw myself in a gown, with an old leather suitcase, a map of the New World (the 'then' New World) and an old fashion telescope. i felt wind in my face and i felt my heart pound with anticipation. it was SO real, and i wanted to remember this feeling in an artwork. so i grabbed one of my little book pendants.

the New World ... this piece is called. Faint gold writings on the back of the motif, just like an excerpt from my diary detailing my travels to the New World.


and the Key ... symbolizes the key to discovery, the key to freedom.

my next piece started with an experiment. i often view experiments as a journey of discovery. courtesy of Barry i have quite a few pieces of recycle mixed metals in my possession which i guard fiercely. today i picked out a piece of copper which was not too thin. i dun own plenty of professional tools so i use what i have. and what i had was a garden shear which surprisingly cut thru the copper sheet like butter!! and then it went on the kitchen stove to anneal, becos i knew i wanted to fold it.

what came out of it was this little house, origami-style-no-soldering house. 

i twiddled with it for a day, marveling at its cuteness (^.^) i knew i wanted to do something unique with it tho i didn't have a concept in mind.

i wanted to house a book. and maybe call this piece the House of Knowledge. i quite liked that. unfortunately it didn't work out. and then i made another little house, becos i wanted a House of Science and a House of Arts. those didn't work out either. but i still wanted my little book snugged cozily in there. then, as always imagination took over. 

my mind again traveled into a different realm ... this time it looked like a laboratory, old world laboratory. lots of instruments in brass, weird artifacts and loads of books on the shelves. it looked like one of those scenes in a hidden object game, or the movie the Golden Compass.

and as i placed the book into the house ...

like a time capsule, i was propelled into that alternate world. secret codes written in the book, if unraveled, would perhaps take you to a different place and time. wires twisted and knotted, like brainstorms, like conduits for the mind to travel into this alternate reality.

my heart that hangs off the little house, give it that goth-steampunkish look that i so love. and to remind me that every time i follow my heart, magic happens.
 
the miniature book is releasable from its catch, but attached to the house with a chain so you may not loose your secrets at any time. and so ... finally, it happened. the House of Alternate Reality.

21 comments:

  1. We should mix our imaginations up together some time - we would have a ball!

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  2. You have an amazing imagination and yet again your pieces are stunning. The house is amazing. Tracy x

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  3. Absolutely fantastic....imagination become reality.

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  4. You have the most awesome imagination...I could picture you on that ship!! :)

    I love that copper house& the fact that you made it without soldering...brilliant...

    Fantastic pieces Luthien.

    ((Hugs))

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  5. Man, that parallel world definitely works for you. Love Love the little house. You are just so creative - I love the way your mind works! I must get in there sometime. :)

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  6. "Alternate Reality"....what a great title. I love hearing the process....

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  7. you always make the most amazing stuff! I just stop here to drool....and drool some more. I love it all!

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  8. I'm with SooZeQue - must get into your mind... :) I am sure it is fascinating, as your newest pieces attest. These are absolutely wonderful, Luthien!

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  9. So Steamounky! And the very best thing about Steampunk artefacts is that they make an imaginary world absolutely real. These are gorgeous! I love the tiny copper house and the book.

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  10. Absolutely fantastic, Luthien! I would love to be a fly on the wall when you are creating!

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  11. I want to be where you are for just a day. Your vision is beautiful!

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  12. hey!! this is my first time to your blog and O-M-G I am in love with all your art! Thank you for the inspiration and the kick in the butt for me I have been in a blah mood with art! I was wondering is there anyway you could share how you did the bird house! I would love LOVE to make one! Big hugs
    toodles-
    Sarah

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  13. L- some people say you have a wonderful or vivid imagination - they just don't realise that you really do live in parallel universes or so it seems. There is definitely an aspect of you that is other worldly and you create such imaginative pieces from that place. Love that you are so lateral in your creativity - who would imagine that you could use garden shears to cut the copper and the stove to anneal it. You did such a grand job on it. I love the little technical details like the bar that swivels and lets the book out or holds it in. Great work. B

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  14. You do great work Luthien... detailed, imaginative... and your photos are just beautiful.

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  15. Gawd... you're such an inspiration! I just love your work!!
    Thanks so much for the support love & support this week it's always SO appreciated♥♥

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  16. I love the places your imagination takes you!

    Your tiny, perfect book with the little key is beautiful, and I think the house idea is inspired - love the concept of a house of secrets, knowledge etc. You could do a whole series of those! x

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  17. Absolutely stunning as always! :) I love how you take your dreams and visions and make them REAL. :)

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  18. Hi, I'm your newest follower. I love your assembled creations...wow! Your unique and creative style are really inspiring! I favorited you on Etsy as well.

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  19. I love that you use such low tech solutions like garden shears and get a great craftmanship finish. I'm intrigued with parallel universes, there is another me who has won the lottery and has their own hot tub!

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  20. amazing, love the way you think, and how you write about it, all the symbols. Cheers to your beautiful creativity!!

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