I admit to having a hard time in the studio lately. Incredibly sad about the state of our country, the dark direction we seem to be turning. It is hard to create when you are so discouraged, disgusted and feel helpless to change the course.
I forced myself to go up there and just "make things". I didn't realize as I chose each image or shape of glass that this particular collection had a theme ~ every Amulet seems to correlate to a particular pain, worry or hope. I don't usually like to explain my emotional process behind each Amulet I make as I would like the meanings to be interpreted by the wearer, but felt compelled to give a bit more of an explanation to these, they feel "different" somehow.
The Golden Lamb ~ Sacred Heart Pictorial Shrine Amulet
~protecting the innocent~
William Holman Hunt's lamb gazes up at us, an innocent.
I am trying my best to live a life that does the least harm to those I share the earth with. I am not a "perfect vegan" but do not eat meat, dairy or egg products and haven't for years. (I have never felt better! What an added bonus.) The horrors of factory farming and the needless use of animal skins for adornment of our houses and bodies is my living nightmare. (Leather. Fur. Taxidermy.) They deserve better.
Hope someday we as compassionate humans make these practices a thing of the past.
As written on one of my favorite websites ~Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood,the Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti painted this beautiful work after a very dark period. Music, Art & Nature (and of course friends and family) can get us through very hard times in life. I know it has for me.