Why brooches are placed near female breats - and much more about the psychology behind jewelry!
Two Wanderers on the way to new amazing places....
third one still wandering with US postal services between Berlin and Chicago ?!
Current situation - is a pickle!
One waiting for the next host in Brazil to reply
One going back and forth between Chicago-Berlin due to postal issues
This silver orb arrived in my galaxy on 17th of February. I was so excited to wear it the next day. It was a big day indeed and it would see sadness, community, strength in numbers as a bit of magic. The 18th of February was our Terrapin Day (this is our mascot), a day when Tampa Preparatory School heads out into Tampa to serve the community. Each HS level is given a task. I work on the 11th grade team and this silver sphere and I were going to Feeding Tampa Bay. While we were there we sorted 4,403 pounds of food in under two hours that would create 3,679 meals for the Tampa community. It was amazing to be part of the fight against hunger for our citizens who need help feeding themselves and their family.
On Saturday the silver piece would accompany my partner and I to fight cancer at the Cattle Baron's Ball in down town Tampa. We would eat some amazing food, listen to a talented band and bid on a Harley for a two day road trip, which we won. I'm guessing because of the magic woven in that silver.
The following week I took the opportunity to introduce Mima's filigree to my Upper School classes. I wore the piece with a work I had of Mima's. In proximity to her work the filigree resembled and egg. I currently teach Ceramics II, Sculpture II and Crafts II, IV. The bauble's visit prompted in depth conversations about the culture of collecting, the act of possession and heirlooms. My students listened to Mima's video and read her web page to better grasp her concept. They examined the realm of this tiny object with a loop and watched a video on how filigree work is created. They were amazing and captivated by the attention to detail and the high level of craftsmanship.
On the twenty sixth of February the spherical ball would walk with me and my Sculpture II students, a few blocks from our school to see Jaume Plensa's Human Landscape exhibit at the Tampa Museum of Art. Sadly she never saw the work we set out to see. When I asked one of my students to photograph me in front of a sculpture I reached for the orb only to find the jump ring attached to the chain. My heart dropped. My students having talked and studied this work understood the gravity of it being gone. The search was on...I with generous student and faculty retraced my steps several times to no avail. Having to tell Mima that I had lost her piece was so very difficult.
When Mima and I were in grad school together, I did my thesis on Loss. It is a topic I spent hundred of hours researching and formulating a collection around. The irony of me being the person to have lost this family heirloom is not lost on me. I still look for it as I have gone back to the museum a few times in hopes that this prized possession will glint in the Florida sun and reveal its self. **
Mima, my heart is till heavy...I have attached some pictures the piece is hard to see in them.
Before this even happened I wanted to do this and now it seems it may be viable as a solution. This beautiful antique form was a button and this new format would be a different kind of button. I was planning on taking the image from the web site and making 1' buttons (about 20 or so) that would be sent to the next person to host the work. I would have kept a button and the next person would be able to keep one as well and so on...this way each person will still have a "piece" of the work and a viable/wearable reminder of what they hosted.
**Because I have the heaviness of loss and so does Mima I have created buttons to travel the world as the representative for the heirloom. Each host will wear and keep a memento of the piece and send the buttons on to the next host. These new buttons will create a footprint in a new way to keep the work alive...
also known as Miss A
I had an interesting conversation with a friend yesterday. We talked about Antique Wanderer, the lost trail and what could be the correct thing to do in a situation like this. We discussed all relationships created with the jewelry pieces, and talked about what other stories and places were suppose to be part of their journal. My friend had an interesting insight.
It is clear that this event is part of the Antique's story, and that most of us are sad to hear that there aren't going to be any new stories from the famous Macedonian button from Galichnik. So, why not take the time to grieve about this loss?
In Macedonia (and many other parts of the world), there is a 40 day grieving period when we lose someone. It is believed that even though departed, the soul of the deceased wanders (interesting choice of words) for full 40 days on Earth, before finally leaving this world. During this period the souls goes back and forth to familiar places, visits home etc.
My friends suggestion is to declare a mourning period of 40 days for Antique... let him wander freely before finally releasing him, or even giving it some time to wander back into out lives. In the meantime, allow all hosts that were waiting to host it, to express their emotions (in whatever form they wish) about how it feels to lose someone special before even officially meeting him/it.
Mima Pejoska is a jewelry designer and an artist. After years of creating/crafting jewelry works, now her interests shift more from jewelry creation to the conceptual side of craft and also from individual practise to group (social) works of art.
|The stories of the three wanderers||