The *new* AJE Theme challenge!
A variation on our Component of the Month feature!
|1. A. Durer - Young hare, watercolor, 1502. 2. Lepus Leporidae 3. B. Flanagan - Leaping Hare, 1982 bronze|
4. M. Ohara - Ivory netsuke, mid 19th century
The theme for Spring 2015 is the Hare.
We are creating hares in our respective mediums - from clay to metal, polymer to resin. We invite you to join us: create a bead, a pendant, a finished piece of jewelry. It may be whimsical, naturalistic, or abstract. Just hop to it. (Details on entry/participation at end of post.)
I selected the hare, as its my totem animal of sorts. In myths the world over the hare is associated with fertility, creativity and rebirth. I wanted to share a few stories here, and I will delve deeper into the myth and symbolism on my own blog throughout the month. I am continually inspired by these legends, myths and lore!
Now it IS March... "Mad as a March hare" comes to mind. This is a British idiom, referencing the antics of hares in their Spring breeding season. They are often seen "boxing" as a courtship display. The March Hare is commonly known from Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland".
|Image credits: 1. Boxing hares 2. Boxing hares 3. Tenniel illustration from Alice in Wonderland|
4. Cheeky hare by Simon Litten
|Antique Easter postcard, the Germanic goddess Eostre, an antique chocolate mold.|
The Asian folktales and myths offer a wide range of hares, most often associated with the moon. In China the hare is the consort of moon goddess Chang-O, and grinds the elixir of immortality in a mortar in pestle. In Japan - he's making mochi! The hare is seen in the craters on the moon's surface, forging a tangible link between myth and reality.
|1. Lunar rabbit netsuke by Eilchi, late 19th cen. 2 & 3. Lunar hare in the moon diagram and noren 4. Ivory netsuke 5. Embroidery, Chinese Imperial robes, 18th century|
Here is what the team has been up to: (I'll let the pictures do the talking!)
|Rebekah's trio - arctic hare, hare, and jackalope! Melissa's molten morsels in progress.|
|Caroline's stunning silhouettes in raku.|
|Karen has work in progress! Available soon - complete with the iconic spiral of life stamped on these totem beads.|
|Lesley has etched, and soldiers, and cast and fired...|
|Lesley is glazing these beauties now! Niky, although new to the team, has jumped in, sawing these pieces/WIP.|
|My own old and new: casting a 3d detailed hare, my hare and lunar hare ceramic pendants .|
The *new* theme challenge details:
1. Giveaway - This theme challenge DOES include a giveaway! ( This will vary each time.)
I will be giving away one hare and one lunar hare pendant - winners selected randomly from comments on this post.
- Winners selected Sunday March 1.
- You must have an active blog.
- Email and blog address requested in comments.
2. Goal - Have fun! Try something different! Hop to it! Be inspired by the creative nature of the hare! Make something that fits within this theme. This can be an artist bead, a component, or a finished piece of jewelry.
*You are free to use any artist bead/component in your design -
- from an AJE team member
- of your own creation
- from another artisan bead maker...
3. Share/Reveal - Reveal date March 31st!
If you would like to be included in the blog reveal at month's end, please email Jenny at jen.davies.reazor (at) gmail.com. Since this is open to all, this is the most efficient way to be included. Emails need to be received by March 29th to be included.
- The Symbolism of Rabbits and Hares by Terri Windling (a brilliant overview of myths and literature from the world over!)
- A reprised Windling article on her blog
- The Jakata/Buddhist tale of the selfless hare
- Japanese hare mochi
- Japanese myth and folklore: the hare