Jul 15, 2012

the Dream and the Child

“It was in a dream that I saw a child being born from the rocks, naked but well formed. And when she uncurled and lifted her head, light of purity and hope burst forth from her being. I knew then, she was the Child of Light, for I can feel her in my heart.”

mixed media handmade jewelry

This mixed media necklace was inspired by several very different elements - a bio-mechanical tattoo where they would tattoo an image of skin being ripped open revealing mechanical parts within. Operation salvage of an old pouch, where I had removed all the hardware and one that attracted me was a zipper with a leather pull. And then, a dream … well, THAT dream. 

mixed media handmade jewelry

To be honest, I cannot even remember clearly the creative process of this necklace. I remember the beginning … I remember I wanted and HAD to embed a zipper in rock. ???. And then I remember the end. I remember when I finished the main part of the pendant and hooked it onto the chain, it didn’t feel right. It needed something else. After looking at it for half a day, I added the beautiful, huge turquoise. Similar color and striation to the Variscite bead within, yet different. ??? again.

And then just as I was writing this, I looked over to the necklace hanging beside me and it suddenly dawned upon me. It was the dream
exactly … the huge turquoise I had to add, was me. I was looking at the Child being born from the rocks, just as I had in my dream. My hair stood on ends.
 
??? all answered.

mixed media handmade jewelry

And as I look at it even more … I can see that the huge turquoise symbolizes a Mother, experiencing HER child being born. Not unlike the experience I had, with my preemie Maia in the delivery room.

This must be one of the most uncanny creative revelation ever!

Revelations aside, I did make some not so uncanny stuff last week. And i discovered how to mask photographs :) you know the effects you can get from the iphones? i found one of the apps on the net for Windows download (for free YAY!!) Pixlr-o-mantic it's called.
 
handmade jewelry metal
Another birdhouse necklace creation from Barry's salvaged metals ...

... this is called Remembering a Time. Remembering all the people who made me who I am, remembering all those moments that made me what I am … Remembering my grandmother ...


And this, is Weathered Etchings, a bracelet. The etchings are made on a clay tablet and then roughly wrapped in a sheet of salvage brass like a bezel, only it's not soldered (cos i can't afford to buy a torch yet :( )

The photos were masked using 4 layers of effects. Because Pixlr-o-matic only allows 1 layer of mask from 1 category, you will have to mask and save the photo 3 times to get this effect. But I found a way to save all the effects that I liked on my computer and then put them all together in 1 layer using GIMP. So I only have to mask the photo once and get a 4 layered effect :) One happy duck here!

10 comments:

  1. Quite a stunning necklace - love the zipper revealing the secrets.
    And the birdhouse is adorable.

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  2. Revelations and dreams...fits you jewellery to a 'T'.

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  3. Simply Amazing creation. Love it!

    Linda

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  4. L- you always astound me with the thoughts and stories that inspire your works - the Zipper piece is very chilling and meaningful. Glad the metal is coming in use in very unique works. Go well and continue to create so uniquely. B

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  5. OMG! Stunning! That open zipper is incredible! I don't how you come up each time with something so very different in your pieces. It boggles my mind. So So very beautiful!!

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  6. Stunning!!!! Love your work! Thanks so much for letting us know about the app!!!
    Have a great day!
    ♥Bev

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  7. Inspirational, so love the layering of lace and zipper, stone and rusty bits. Great to see you on pinterest, it's so addictive!

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  8. Good Lord you just continue to amaze and inspire! Gorgeous work as always♥

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  9. All of these are so amazing!! you are so creative & inspiring...Every piece just is so unique!!! You think "this is my favorite piece" then you see the next one...LOL..

    Great Artwork, Luthien

    XO

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  10. luthien, these pieces are so wonderful... the first one profound, born from a dream... those are some very special moments, aren't they? your work is always just so unique...

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Luthien :)