Last year I inherited a collection of vintage button. Square and shimmering, the minute I had them thunb-and-finger, I instantly fall into a knight’s tale. The horse, I could almost hear him gallop, and so did my imagination, running wild into a realm of fantasy and medieval places.
If the inspiration was provided by the scene depicted on the buttons, the creative process was stimulated by a collective handmade event organized by a friend on a social network. The invitation was to enter literature and come out with a related creation.
That is how I get acquainted with the history of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. The simple and some how enigmatic plot hooked me, and I lightened up when I realized it was a deeply pagan tale. A challenge and a promise to be kept at the cost of life… of the head!
I watched the beautiful and evocative documentary realized by poet Simon Armitage for the BBC. And I let the narrative description lay down on the bottom of my soul.
In the time around the beginning of the new year it raised on the surface, and this is the artifact I came out with. The long rolo chain is buttoned up to a crochet chain made of light green cotton giving shape to a double necklace devoted to the expedition of young Gawain to the mysterious Green Chapel…
The double pendant is composed of a beautiful axe and a Chrysoprase pentacle made up with wire. The first one being a powerful symbol of transformation, the second one being green as the mood of the story but mainly made of a gemstone supporting the quest for the divine in the one wearing it. As a good knight…
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