Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|The Celestial Stag; Copper, Sterling Silver, 22kt Gold|
The Stag could cause some real trouble, though; sometimes torturing miners to death. If they ever did reach the surface, they dissolved into poison. Despite that, though, and the beast is still, in my mind, beautiful, full of an aspiration I can quite understand. I've given this stag the night- on one side, he has the big dipper, on the other, the little dipper. Around his eyes are tiny dots of gold. Silver and gold both form into veins on his antlers, all of which, sadly, taper off before reaching their tips, or the air.
Just so you know, though- he's gorgeous.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
|The Centaur: Copper, Horse Hair|
So it is. The Centaur it one of the neccesary monsters in Borges bestiary. This half man, half horse appears in multiple mythologies, and he is almost always much the same- a symbol of how beastly man can be. The Centaur of greek myth, the most famous of them all, is linked with the Spartans by the Athenians. This helm is of Spartan origin, but as the Centaurs had no use for armour, I have not made it useful, only beautiful.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Sunday, September 18, 2011
|this is what my bench looks like|
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
|Chinese Fox- Copper, Silver Leaf, Pearl, Jade|
Monday, September 12, 2011
|The Animal Imagined by Poe: Copper, Silver Leaf, Carnelian|
Saturday, September 10, 2011
|Lunar Hare- Copper with patina, Jade, silver bezel|
Friday, September 9, 2011
|the nymphs- copper|
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Wufniks are also the first (eventually there will be others!) mask I've made for the 75dollar reward level. Here's the deal- you tell me which one of the 36 you like, and I will pick him up, put a ribbon in him, whisper in his ear what he is, send him off to you, and make a new Wufnik. If you can find it in your heart to take a photo of your new friend, worn by either yourself or someone else, in a crowd, wherever you live, I would like to include that photo in whatever the final version of this piece ends up being (only with your permission, of course). If you pledged in the original kickstarter at some level other than 75, but really want in on the Wufniks, an additional pledge of 50dollars will get you your original pledge reward PLUS a Wufnik. Because I didn't explain the Wufniks in the kickstarter, and I think they're pretty awesome, and i wouldn't want you to miss out. Plus, the more Wufniks there are, the better the world will be. There are photos of all the individual Wufniks on my Flicker, because this blog just isn't intended to support that number of photos for browsing.
Each of the Wufniks has a number tattooed on his side. those numbers will count up from 1, and never be repeated. Each also has a scar of some sort across at least one eye, because being righteous enough to support the whole world does not come without pain.
From Borges: " There are on earth, and always were, thirty-six righteous men whose mission is to justify the world before God. They are the lamed Wufniks. They do not know each other and are very poor. If a man comes to the knowledge that he is a Lamed Wufnik, he immediatly dies and somebody else, perhaps in another part of the world, takes his place. The Lamed Wufniks are, without knowing it, the secret pillars of the universe. Were it not for them, God would annihilate the whole of mankind. Unawares, they are our saviors."
Friday, September 2, 2011
|all the Wufniks, scarred and ready for forming|
|and, later, ready for fitting|
Thursday, September 1, 2011
|Copper, Glass Eyes|
Anyway, the amphisbeana ended up taking the better part of two days, and he's a pretty simple mask. He fits wonderfully, though, and is probably the most comfortable imaginary being to date. So, there's that.
Borges quotes Brunetto Latini's Tesoro. "The Amphisbaena is a serpent having two heads, the one in its proper place and the other in its tail; and it can bite with both, and run with agility, and its eyes glare like candles" He then quote all sorts of classical arguments for why is can not exist, though also a list of similar imaginary creatures that popped up around the world after this one was debated away.