Thank you to Kelly Rodgers of Beadin’ Black and Blue for hosting this blog hop. We were supposed to be inspired to make something (jewelry or art) based on our favorite song. Naming a favorite anything is difficult for me. I always joke I could give a different answer every five minutes, but it’s true. The title she came up with for the hop actually helped me.
I am a huge David Lynch fan, even though he has been accused of misogyny (a good argument could be made) and portraying violence against women (fair enough). In 1997, the Smashing Pumpkins released a song called Eye on the soundtrack to the David Lynch film Lost Highway. At the time, I listened to this obsessively in my car on my commute. I saw the Smashing Pumpkins open for Kiss in 1998 on Halloween. I have to admit to not being a huge Smashing Pumpkins fan, but there are personal reasons for that, which is just part of living in Los Angeles. There has been some debate about what this song is about, but for me it seems a meditation on spirituality leaning towards Deism. You decide.
Obviously, I’m not a Deist, but I like songs that make me think and there is something mesmerizing and tortured about Eye.
“Just a touch” reminds me of The Creation Of Adam by Michelangelo.
For thousands of years the Eye has been a symbol of light, protection from evil, elevated consciousness, God(s) watching over creation or omnipotence, clairvoyance, and the gateway to the soul. The Third Eye, Ajna (the Hindu God Shiva has three eyes, the middle eye is the possessor of all knowledge which when opened will destroy anything it sees) is responsible for spiritual enlightenment and is called the “seat of the soul.” The Eye of Horus, and the Eye of Ra are Egyptian and there are numerous Goddesses associated with the Eye in that belief system. The symbol of the hand appears in Kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the Hebrew letter “Shin”, the first letter of “Shaddai”, one of the names referring to God. The Hamsa, or the Eye of Fatima is still used in the Middle East/Asia/Northern Africa. The Nazar of Greece/Turkey is just the eye itself. The symbolism also appears in Aztec, Mayan, and Native American iconography.
The “all seeing eye” of God, also known as the Eye of Providence, watches over the deeds of humanity.
In the Bible, in Matthew 6:22, Jesus says “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (KJV)
Although I could have gone in many directions colorwise, Indigo is the most obvious choice. I did use some for the Third Eye or Brow Chakra, but I also used Violet for the Crown Chakra. With these two colors we move from seeing the truth, to knowing that everything is connected (pure consciousness).
I set the resin pendant made by Andrew Thornton of Allegory Gallery in a cloud of copper with brass prongs. The beads I used are from all over the world and are both vintage and modern. Many of the beads used in the chain are also from Allegory Gallery. I also have about three boxes of vintage Italian, German, and Japanese lucite and acrylic beads I have collected over many years now so I picked through those. I supposedly got the last star pendant Andrew made, but maybe you can sweet talk him into making more!
This was meant to be a gift, but I may have a hard time letting it go even though it is not perfect. I am pleased with it.
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