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Weird and Wacky Design: Bones

Posted in DESIGN, WEIRD AND WACKY DESIGN with tags , , on December 4, 2009 by echostains

This Post is one in a special week celebrating  Echostains I year Birthday blog

I’ve not used my locupletative word lately.  Well I must rectify this immediately.  Not tweeted either, finding Twitter a bit boring (I’m probably doing it wrong, lol).  Been busy today.  These days are not long enough really.  Again, I have left it to the last hour to do my blog.  And it’s going to have to be a short one.

Barbie football

Here’s a couple of little things I’ve discovered on my travels around the World wide web.  Barbie football!  yes, that’s right, lots of little Barbies playing a game of football.  Perhaps this is an effort to turn the silly shaped vacuous doll into a ‘bit of a tomboy’.  It’s not worked.

bone stacking game

I rather like this bone stacking game though – rather a lot of bones there, but I think kiddies would love to play with this (I would)

decorated sugar skulls

Talking of bones, what about these sugar skulls!  Simply stunning!  I don’t think that you are supposed to actually eat them though.  According to what I’ve read, they can be given to the dead or the living and are used in Mexico to celebrate the ‘Day of the Dead’ which is a public holiday 1st and 2nd November.  On that day, the departed are remembered and their lives celebrated.  A lovely idea!  If only we did that with the living…..

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Altered art book page 13 A deadly reminder’

Posted in ART, MY ALTERED ART BOOK PAGES with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 13, 2009 by echostains

 

page-13-altered book

 

page-13-altered book

 

The chosen words are: –

‘He listened to his father breathing’

‘And made plans for that lonliness’

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

valley-of-the-kings

 

The Egytians made plans for their  death.  They left nothing to chance.    Sometimes a whole lifetime was dedicated to their own rememberence:   Egypt is full of these reminders.

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

page13-skeleton detail

 

Memento Mori: this means ‘Remember you will die’ or ‘Be mindful of death‘.  The symbols associated with this reminder of mortality are skulls, clocks, hourglasses, flowers. Sometimes wine, books, musical instruments.   served as ‘vanities’, a reminder of worldly pleasures.

 

mosiac-pompei

‘and made plans for that loneliness’

What does this mean though?  Does it mean coming to terms with eventual death? It could mean a physical reminder that lives on when we are no more. Surely we live on in the hearts of people who love  us?  Why would we need a tangible reminder?

p13-skeleton detail2

p13-skeleton detail2

Sometimes a place or a memorial can act as a focus.  Like a gravestone, a grave, somewhere we can feel close to the person, as well as a written reminder for others, that our loved ones existed: a way of them living forever: enjoying everlasting life.  On a large scale, the Taj Mahal, India  reminds the world of the undying love of Shahjahan and his beautiful queen Mumtaz.

 

taj mahal

 

taj mahal

 

One of the Ancient Wonders of the Old World was The Mausoleum of Helicarnassus, Bodrum Turkey.  It started out as a memorial for the Persian King Mausolus, by his wife/sister Artimisia.  But when she died, became a mixture of all different styles as artist continued with their own ideas.

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

mausoleum-bodrum-halicarnassus turkey

 

Media used; ink, card, gem stone, silk flower, fabric,organza ribbon (wings) and handmade paper stamped with vercemark and chalked.

to be continued……