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I’ve been enjoying this fine work. Lots of soldering. I had intended this ring for a turquoise, but I changed my mind once I realised that the leaves were going to come up over the stone, and would look more dramatic against a darker background, so I cut this lapis lazuli.

 

More foliage rings here:

Foliage Ring: labradorite, silver

Foliage Ring: labradorite, silver

Fruits & Flowers ring: silver, labradorite

Fruits & Flowers ring: silver, labradorite

I discovered this enchanting figure from the Peterborough petroglyphs, Canada: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/…/peterborough-petroglyp…

Peterborough Bunny grey

 

I decided to render it as a silhouette, which I thought would make an interesting graphic.

Peterborough Bunny

It brought to mind a theriomorph figure that I am familiar with, a San painting on a farm that we visit every spring – the winged figure below.

Theriomorphs at Papkuilsfontein

Theriomorphs at Papkuilsfontein

It’s on the other side of the world from the Canadian one, and I thought it might be fun to get them dancing. This is what I came up with. Do click on it to see it at a more realistic size.

Theriomorph dance

Theriomorph dance

I’ve been having a lot of fun with these rings – which are very delicate and require patience and a lot of soldering.

 

 

Foliage ring: silver, lapis lazuli

Foliage ring: silver, lapis lazuli

Roses ring: silver, labradorite.

Roses ring: silver, labradorite.

 

ThunderThunder

The sea is full of thunder
The sky rolls by in waves
The poor must eat their poverty
The rest have willing slaves

The rumbling in the alley
Is the gleaners in the bins
The one who works the hardest
May not be the one who wins

The land is made of tinder
The trees tease out their heads
Some people sleep in satin sheets
Some wish that they had beds

The institutions flex their minds
The buildings hear and see
The people are all burning up
The birds fly to be free

The past is vast and shady
The future is unclear
The present moment slips away
Before it can appear

A couple more ink & porcupine quill experiments. I thought of my mother while drawing, it being mother’s day. She could draw much better than I can.

People pressed together: Ink on paper. Painted with porcupine quill

People pressed together: Ink on paper. Painted with porcupine quill

Masks: Ink on paper. Painted with porcupine quill

Masks: Ink on paper. Painted with porcupine quill

I was cutting some lapis lazuli and decided to use some of the blue tailings as a pigment – lapis was, after all, a popular if expensive pigment in much of European art history. Here I only had enough to suggest a sky.

Wild children. Ink, ochre, lapis lazuli. Painted with porcupine quill and sponge.

Wild children. Ink, ochre, lapis lazuli. Painted with porcupine quill and sponge.

Having fun with foliage:

Pendant: Rose; silver, garnet.

Pendant: Rose; silver, garnet.

For those who’re interested in technique, I cut the leaves out with a piercing saw, then stamp them in a die that I cut from a piece of mild steel to get some leafy texture, before soldering them together.