Monday, September 30, 2013

Native Peoples Series :: Symbolism

As part of my quest to work with patterns and colors that are inspired by Native American beadwork, I am also looking at bringing in items found in nature. 

Luckily for me, my friend Christine is slightly obsessed with hunting rocks. And she is kind enough to share them with friends. This one is from the shores of of the Susquehanna River in Tunkhannock, PA. She pointed out that it looks like the African continent, and I totally agree with her there. Isn't it cool?! She did a slight embellishment with paint, and then drilled a hole. Absolutely perfect for beading!

I started this necklace before the earrings, which I posted yesterday. The set is inspired by the colors she painted on the rock. I used the same diamond shape in both the earrings and the bale at the top of the rock. I also used leather to complete the necklace.

I did look up the significance of using a diamond in the pattern and found that it represents time and space as complimentary elements. It is like the partnership between night and day with the center point representing dawn. Dawn marking an awakening to new understandings. I do love the poetry of the old meanings. The simplicity and the honesty still work today.

15 comments:

Swapna Dinesh said...

Wow.. Learn something everyday.. Nice work, Cynthia...

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

O my, you've really caught that tribal, native American look. Gorgeous beadwork! I can just imagine this alone on a white strapless dress!

Halinka said...

Hi:
The necklace is also very interesting,with the natural shape piece of rock.It compliments the earrings perfectly.
Warm Greetings-Halinka-

Memories for Life said...

The shape of the rock is so cool! And the paint is a great finishing touch. Your finished pieces are beautiful!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I like your Native American pieces. Using this drilled rock is a stroke of genius--it looks awesome!

Caron Michelle said...

Loving this set - beautifully done

Shel said...

Such cool info - thanks for sharing. And you necklace (in addition to the earrings from yesterday) is Fabulous! Really great work.

Magic Love Crow said...

Love hunting for rocks! My kind of thing ;o) Your necklace is stunning!

Magic Love Crow said...

My friend, I just read you comment! Bless your heart! That is kind of you! Your work is amazing and I am greatly touched ;o)

Splendid Little Stars said...

wonderful!
How awesome that your friend shared the rock she found! very cool!

Christine Altmiller said...

Having had the opportunity to see and touch these finished pieces yesterday, I was really in awe of how easily you incorporated the rock into your design. The color of the rock itself is such a nice red clay color and your seed bead color choices were genius for this...keeping it incredibly interesting but not busy. The symbolism of the diamond pattern is so poetic <3

Miss Val's Creations said...

That rock is Africa shaped! Very cool for your design. I never thought about the diamond shape's symbolism before. Beautiful!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Very nice set, that rock does look like Africa!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful set!

Becky Pancake said...

Your necklace and earrings are beautiful Cynthia.

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