Aug 13, 2013

of many makings

Ay ... over a month again I have not written on here. Blame it on the bad back, school holidays and Hari Raya celebration. But having said that, I have not been totally unproductive. Though I wish I was more prolific like some of my friends over at Pinterest ... Janet aka AnvilArtifacts and Marie aka SkyeJewels ... yea you super gals, I'm telling on you!! Gosh ... even the names of their shops sound super cool isn't it?!

Anyhow, here's my month's worth of stuff ...

First up, EARRINGS!!!!!

A Nomad's Tale

Love Story

and these 3 below ... which I must specially mention the artisan who made those beautiful huge rondelle ceramic beads for me. Ingrid aka PotteryGirl

Dusk

Serenade

Painted Petals
Might I also add that the last pair of earrings, Painted Petals was the result of my mad idea of combining some one-stroke painting into my jewelry. Once upon a while ago ... I was quite addicted to folk art. Tell you a secret ... I haven't been a jewelry artist for a long time you know. I began this blog as dabbler in folk art. Nothing spectacular, but you can see some of my folk art here and here ... and here is a tutorial on how to paint a sunflower using the one-stroke technique, if anyone's interested ;)


Besides earrings, I made 2 more book necklaces. This one was a continuity from my Women who Made a Difference collection from last post. I just HAD to add Frida, the Artist in!


And then there's this impromptu wearable book called I Chose Love ... inspired by a quote I chanced upon over the internet.


And then there's this.  A Tree of Life nestled within a house.
“Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~

I came across this quote by accident as well, and it affected me in so many different ways. My first thought went to my girls. Inevitably one day, they would leave home to seek their own fortunes. And though it would be so, would it be as the words suggest, their hearts would always return home? Perhaps. Or at least until they build their own homes whence their hearts would follow. Yet part of their hearts would always have a safe place with me and their father. As mine have with my parents. And so the cycle of love is never-ending ...


Finally, the final piece of the month ...


When the House of Raven was all but annihilated by the Darklord, the only surviving heir was a little Princess, not more than a few days old. She was ferried away into the dark woods beyond the kingdom by the Bowman, one of the Guardians of the woods. As Raven was growing up, she knows nothing of her history except that she must at all times stay within the shadows of the woods, and wear an amulet so queer, that she often wondered what it was. She lived a happy, carefree life … until the day when she turned 16. On that day, Raven was told who she really was and what the amulet really meant.

When the King of the House of Raven knew what was to be the fate of his House, he had summoned the Elder Druids to counsel. They are to cast a spell on the magical book of the House of Raven, so that no one would find it except its rightful owner. The Elder Druids then thought of the most brilliant plan. They turned the book so small, that is would be unrecognizable even in plain sight! Satisfied by the plan, the King did the unthinkable. He cut off one of his arms, and asked the Elder Druids to turned it into a tiny wing so that a part of him may travel with his beloved daughter through her difficult journey ahead. Together, the book and the wing would accompany and protect Raven through her childhood years, and when she comes of age, they will help her return to power and claim her rightful place as heir to the Kingdom.

Raven must now embark on a quest with the Bowman to find the blind Seeress … who is the only one that could unmake the spell and turn the book back to its original form.

* Cross Stitching inspired by the lovely work of Bibliographica

16 comments:

  1. wow - luthien, all this in a month? these pieces are so deeply beautiful and meaningful. and how wonderful that you are bringing the love of folk art into your work. the painted petals are really gorgeous and the color sits so perfectly with the metals. i look forward to seeing how you continue integrate the two -

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    1. thank you so much Maire :)
      yea ... i intend to do some more ;)

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  2. Luthien, what an amazing collection of beautiful work! You may not have blogged but you've been really busy. Love it all but the story of Raven is wonderful and now I want more... Now I'll check out the links to Pinterest, thanks.

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    1. thank you Carol :)
      Love the Raven story too ... btw, it's sold already *happy dance* ... must have been the story :)

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  3. Hi L - and who said you hadn't been productive - great stash of stuff; my favourites are the two pendants at the end - such good pieces and meaning also woven into them. Go well and continue to offer the world intriguing pieces. B

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    1. hi B :)
      hehehe ... thank you :) it looks productive, but it took a month! other artists can make as many pieces in half that time. anyhow, i still happy that i'm ... erm ... producing. better than having a block for sure (O_O)

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  4. I am in love with the "love is home"!!!!!!

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    1. thank you Suzanne :) yes ... that's close to my heart too, simply becos it represents somewhat my own feelings.

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  5. Fabulously GORGEOUS works of ART, that I must come back and drool over again, and again!

    ~Linda

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  6. What a collection! I could just roll through this, and then again and again! I love each an every piece here!

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  7. Hi L, seeing all your pieces in one blog post showcases them beautifully, an awesome selection of beautiful jewellery.

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    1. thank you very much Kim :)
      i've never thought of it having that effect. But you're right ... it does show them better in a group than when i post them individually on say, Fb.

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  8. This months work is both gorgeous (as always) and obviously superbly crafted! There is such an unmistakable, unique quality to your work that I love! Your painted petals are beautiful and I'm drooling over Love Story. Thanks for the mention! I have to laugh, though, that you don't feel as if you are as prolific as I am. This month's work is really impressive, Luthien. You've been busy. Great post!

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    1. awww.... thank you sweet lady :) very happy to receive such compliments from one of my most favourite jewelry artist!! and regarding 'prolific' ... it's true what i say ... every time i get on Pinterest i just drool whilst turning green at all the beauties you post.

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