|Blessing of the fleet, a fishing tradition in the Acadian|
and many traditional societies worldwide.
On an earlier post I talked a little about why the sea and fishing is meaningful to me: as a descendant of fishermen, I came to understand the power of the water over these men and their families. Visiting the small village of my grand-parents during childhood summers, we went to their parish church, which was named Notre-Dame-des-Flots (Our Lady of the Deep). Behind the altar was a floor to ceiling painting of the Child Jesus, held in the arms of his Mother, as she keeps watch over a fishing fleet in a storm.
The relationship of this and other Acadian communities with the ocean was deep and complex. Most families relied directly or indirectly on fishing as livelihood. But even in recent years, there were still accidents and loss of life in the fishing boats. So the sea gave much, but she exacted a price. Long before I held a fishing rod in my hands, I had a sense of the frightening majesty of the water that surrounds the home of my ancestors.
|Fishing Boats, Key West, 1903 by Winslow Homer|
In contrast, when I saw the Art Bead Scene August Challenge painting, I was struck by how bright and celebratory it seemed. The occupants of both vessels seem to be carrying on a friendly banter. I decided to make a design honouring fishermen everywhere, but concentrate on the playfulness I observed.
|First, some pretty tropical ocean colours|
|Then make a faux sea glass bracelet focal with a cut-out|
of a little fishing boat. It's approx. 1-3/4" square
|Thread some embroidery floss through and do a simple|
square knot macramé on each side. Anyone else think that
looks like Poseidon's trident?! Unintentional.
|Ooops, baked these guys a little too long. Blackened|
I am wondering if this is because I used Premo brand in this project? It was the brand I used when I first started experimenting with PC. Then last fall I switched to Kato; I prefer it for caning and anything sculptural (firmer and bakes stronger). However, I have all these leftover packs of Premo, so I thought, what the heck? I may have been less than vigilant with my baking technique, as one bakes at a higher temperature and is less likely to burn. Actually, I've never burned Kato... *
*I may be "eating" THAT statement next project LOL. Would serve me right!
UPDATE August 11: just read about MIXING THESE TWO BRANDS over at Betty Jo Hendershott's blog. Wow, that's a new concept for me!
|That's better! The fabled silvery polymer clay |
|We need a suitable button for the loop closure. Buy one?|
Uh, not while there's polymer clay around.
|I christen thee "Catch of the Day". That's just a white cotton|
twisted trim, but it looks just like a boat line. (Thank you, Walmart,
the only place for "supplies" here in the middle of nowhere!)
|Couldn't resist a few glass pearls for bling, attached with|
what else, fishing line. No metal was harmed in the
making of this bracelet.
So, I had a lot of fun with this theme. I maintain my childhood respect for the sea, but I guess she can be a little playful when the mood strikes her.
Be sure to check the Art Bead Scene flickr group for more original art jewellery by talented designers, all based on the colours and/or motifs of the challenge painting.