Friday, April 12, 2013

Fini Friday! Mystic Colours!

Hello Everyone! 
Welcome to Fini Friday! 
We've had a bit of snow and a return to Winter this week! I hope all is well with you and yours during this week-long adventure! I've a finished creation to show that has been quite a few years in the growing! 
Working Title: Mystic Colours 
Ingredients: Popcap Pendant (metal and turquoise Kachina charm, hand-coloured, non-toxic resin, Popcap), Sterling silver, wood, pewter, acrylic, copper wire, metal. 
I was gifted the Kachina charm many years ago by someone who wanted to see it reinvented into something more. It has a cabochon of turquoise in the center of it. More information about kachinas can be found here. Kachinas are usually deities, ancestors or spirits that visit the Pueblo North Native Americas for any number of reasons. There are many types and kinds of kachinas including those who bless with rain, a good crop, prosperity and so forth. Kachinas are also represented with carved dolls and dancers who don ceremonial regalia during sacred ceremonies. More information on these aspects can be found here
I've encased this kachina in a non-toxic resin that I've hand-coloured to match it's turquoise cabochon. The bail is hand-wrapped from green Artistic (copper) wire. Some believe that copper is a conductor of the spiritual as well as electricity, heat and etc. 

Many cultures, including many North Native American tribes have sacred Medicine Wheels, illustrated with four sacred colours. This creation is loosely based on that idea. 
The meaning of the colours varies with each tribe and belief system, yet red is usually seen as a promise of wealth, a good life and etc. 
Yellow is often seen as representing the sun and it's blessing upon both crops and people. 
Blue is often thought to represent thought, spirit and good intentions. 
Green almost always has some connection to growth and life. 

The clasp is composed of sterling silver and enamel in the shape of a star and quietly decorated with spirals.  Spirals are seen as symbols of death and rebirth as well as life in most cultures.  Stars, too, have been valued and worshipped in most cultures across the globe! 
The placing of the vessel-shaped metal beads, the inclusion of wooden beads and much of the composition of this creation was intuitive.  I placed the beads where it felt "right", drew upon colours and materials that felt like they belonged.
This is a gorgeous, mysterious, mystic creation and I'm so interested to meet it's person!
Let's take a look at a few upcoming Sprite Creations events!  
I'll be returning to BlogTalk Radio with Cheryl Patton of 1Woman's Wisdom! We'll be chatting about the April Messages From the Faeries! 
What do the Faeries have to say about this boisterous month? 
Tune in to find out! 
Also in April... I'm so pleased to be a returning Guest Artist at the Lowertown Lofts Artist Co-Op during the Saint Paul Art Crawl
I'll be in the 3rd Floor Atrium Friday, April 27th; Sat. April 28th and Sun. April 29th! Click the links for details! 

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