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
You, our loyal readers, know us. You know that we are constantly evolving, creating, discussing and challenging ourselves. This year the team decided to initiate four themed challenges, loosely aligned with the seasons. We wanted to offer a creative challenge that was broader in scope, drawing in bead makers, component makers, as well as designers/jewelry makers.
The theme for Spring 2015 is the Hare.
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
There are many pre-Christian goddesses associated with hares and springtime, including Kaltes, Freyja and Eostre, the namesake of Easter. Spring is a time of rebirth and fertility, so the connection with rabbits is clear, and was maintained via the Easter Bunny.
|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: