Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Tyger Tangent

It's soon to be the year of the Tiger, which has me remembering Blake -- "Tyger, Tyger burning bright in the forest of the night, what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?"  In Asia, the tiger remains deep in the consciousness of the people as a symbol of prowress, protection and nobility.  Most Chinese homes have a tiger in them somewhere, to protect them, especially mothers-to-be.  Remembering this, I am off on a Tyger Tangent, and have made a neckpiece to celebrate this new year that will bring great, positive change, especially lucky for the Horse, which is me.

It fell together from things on hand (synchronicity) in a nice way that tells me it's auspicious to celebrate the tiger -- a cancelled postage stamp from India veiled with a skeletonized leaf and iridescent powders, set in a frame cobbled from a piece of a tin can and covered with natural mica; trimmed with a cloisonne bead; collaged with hand marbeled paper and bits of an old kanji-script herbal and hanging from three strands of vintage bugle beads.  It's good to have a tiger close by for the new year.

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