I've been reading a lot of John Donne lately. Donne is one of my favorite poets, possibly even more so than Shakespeare (which is saying something for me, as I am sort of a Shakespeare geek). I had trouble choosing one (or two or three) poems for this blog post, as I love quite a bit of his work, but I eventually settled on one of the Holy Sonnets. It is not terribly cheerful in tone - the subject has to do with repentance, redemption and religious grace - but I have always found the imagery in this particular sonnet to be quite powerful. I'm particularly fond of the first four lines.
At the round earth's imagined corners blow Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise From death, you numberless infinities Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go ; All whom the flood did, and fire shall o'erthrow, All whom war, dea[r]th, age, agues, tyrannies, Despair, law, chance hath slain, and you, whose eyes Shall behold God, and never taste death's woe. But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space ; For, if above all these my sins abound, 'Tis late to ask abundance of Thy grace, When we are there. Here on this lowly ground, Teach me how to repent, for that's as good As if Thou hadst seal'd my pardon with Thy blood.
Although I have not modeled any specific design on this sonnet, I have been thinking quite a bit about issues of mortality as expressed through memento mori (more on this later this week), and this is one of the works I dug up while looking for inspiration. Also, it's been ages since I've posted any poetry on the blog, so I thought it was time to do so.
Oh, by the way, I couldn't find any photo that really related to the poem, so I settled on this one that I actually designed with "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in mind. Yeah, I know it doesn't make sense, but none of the other potential choices did, either. (Plus, while I know you see part of this necklace every day on the blog, I thought I'd show off the rest of it...) The beatific face cabochon is by Earthenwood Studio. This was my first attempt to set a ceramic cab in fine silver.
I am an intellectual property lawyer by training and have a background in English Renaissance literature. I love science fiction. I primarily watch Sesame Street these days and find myself humming "Pop Goes the Weasel" at odd moments (guess why). I can happily eat ice cream in the middle of winter when the wind chill is 20 below 0. I have been making beads and designing jewelry since 2007.
2010 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Other Finished Bead Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay Jewellery 2010 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2010 - Grand Prize, Gold Medal Winner, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads, Metal Clay, Metal Beads, Wirework and Chain Jewelry-Making Contest
2010 - Finalist, Bead Star, Stones, Plastics and Designs with Heart Categories
2009 - Winner, First Place, British Bead Awards, Metal Clay
2009 - Winner, Second Place, British Bead Awards, Beyond Glass, Handmade Beads and Components
2009 - Winner, Second Place, Bead Arts Awards, Necklace
2009 - Finalist, Bead Dreams, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist Fire Mountain Gems and Beads Beading Contest, Metal Clay
2008 - Finalist, Bead Star, Pearls
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