This blog (or, really one very similar) was published at Watch me create in July of 2007. I decided to post this here too.
In the attached picture you can see a flower petal and a butterfly wing. These are samples of murrini I have made. (If you don’t know, murrini is layers of glass made into a rod that can be sliced to create multiple images. Each slice is the same image. Like a Cinnamon roll; per Loren Stimp ;).) When I was researching the subject, I found that some of the first murrinies were portraits of people (mostly political figures). The portraits were called mosaic glass and they were placed on glass beads. Since then it seams the art of murrini was lost and found over and over (like glass; the “lost art” because it has been lost and found so many times.) I am fascinated with the history of Art. This history lends some meaning to my art work today.
Releasing a butterfly symbolises a new beginning. So many lost but now re-found techniques with glass are among us. It fascinates me.
The concept of creating a traditional “odalisque” releasing a butterfly celebrates the beginning of many creations to follow for me, and many others. The landscape is a beautiful day, to further emphasize the dreamy celebration.
The function of the bead , to me, is not as important as the concept and visual beauty of the piece of art.
FULL CIRCLE~ Celebrating the passion to create.