I kicked off the new year by creating a piece I started in 2011 that was originally intended as a wedding gift for our nephew Daniel and his talented wife Eden (Eden Frangipane Photography). Things were going splendidly when suddenly the muses fell silent. Something was missing, elusive, beyond me. Maybe I would finish it for their third anniversary, but no, still it was not yet time. Until recently….
Here is the fused glass component as it was in 2011, (double layer kiln formed glass with mica letter inclusions and transparency of their photo), patiently awaiting the right moment…
Then the moment came. The couple has brought forth a new soul, their first child, daughter Basil. And the muses sang, now they are three!
The concept and design are inspired by their enchanting ceremony/reception, and are distilled from their lovely, organic wedding materials: the photo (included in the wedding invitation), the rehearsal dinner invitation cover (copy seen here, original now permanently affixed to the back), the shape of the leather hang tag from the envelope address label…
now with the addition of an element that literally ties the entire piece together: the tricolor braided wire to symbolize three souls now woven into one. (Click for larger pics; Detailed description at bottom of post)
“Souls”: Wedding gift. Kiln formed glass, photo transparency, leather, copper. 8″x8″x1.5″.
Kiln Formed Glass and Mixed Media: 8″ x 8″ x 1.5
Back, “Souls” : Quote from rehearsal dinner invitation.
Serendipity graced us when I presented it yesterday: with Basil’s parents, grandparents and great grandparents all present on Mimi’s birthday (her great grandmother and my loving mother-in-law)! I was delighted to meet and hold sweet Basil and, as icing on the cake, the piece coordinates with the decor in her room so they plan to display it there. All things in good time, indeed.
The muses are smiling. I am happy and thankful. It is one of my favorite pieces.
(Glass suspended by braided copper wire (through channels in glass) in painted wooden box padded with white leather and trimmed in torch fired copper. Hand tooled and aged leather tag, quote from original rehearsal dinner invitation written in the hand of Daniel’s creative mother, and my signature on back. Stands on rubber feet or hang.)