The One World, One Heart event ate up a lot of my free time, no complaints, as it was a fun ride. With my life now back to a somewhat routine schedule (as much of a routine as a 2 year old will let me) I have been able to get back to work. For several months I have started jewelry projects and not been able to finish many of them. So for right now my jewelry making is on the back burner. I am waiting for my jewelry muse to inspire me; I think she decided to head south for the winter and left my fabric muse to take over. Here is something I just finished last night.
When I was in college I wrote my senior thesis on the use of the human skull as an art object. I started the paper with the decorated skulls of Jericho. From there I used many examples from around the world and throughout history. It was a very interesting subject and very informative. At the time there were almost no books written on the subject and I spent months collecting my data. I fell in love with this subject and now use the skull in a lot of my work. With the popularity of such holidays as Dia de los Muertos and the spread of Goth culture, the skull has become a mainstream image and has lost some of it magic on the populace. With that said I still think the skull is an amazingly powerful symbol and will remain so as long as humans roam the earth.