Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Fabric of her Life

Three completed memorial candle holders

I am completing an order of five Yahrzeit candle bridges to honor the memory of a beloved wife and mother.

Rainbow iridescent cobalt blue glass and dichroic glass letters are used in my  traditional design.

raw glass in the kiln resting on lava cloth

What makes these different from other bridges I have made is the texturing on the bottom.

I fused these on textured lava cloth which imprints a fabric pattern (herringbone) on the bottom. Because the glass is transparent you can see the faint texture showing through.

herringbone texture on the back

My father was a tailor and my mother knitted. It isn't a surprise that many of my art metaphors have emerged from an early exposure to the fiber world. This family is close....and their lives are intricately woven together. I had the pleasure of knowing the Mother who passed away two years ago. She blessed this family with love and a deep sense of connectedness. She maintained the "loom" and weaving a tapestry of family gatherings, celebrations, and more.

Blessings to her family as they observe this second anniversary of her passing. As they light their candles, they will recall the many blessings she bestowed on them.  The letters zahyin and lamed are abbreviations for zichro livracha: May her memory be for a blessing.

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