Preparing for a shop update this week has me in a bit of a frenzy, so much so I forgot it was my turn to post here! I hope you don’t mind a little reprise of a previous post about the topic of Bear. It is somewhat timely as I am featuring bears in my update on April 22 (Earth Day).
|Shop update frenzy in the studio!|
Some of my new Bear-inspired beads…
|Bear focals by me (Starry Road Studio).|
|Bear inspired Drum Beads, by me (Starry Road Studio).|
And now for the post I previously published on the topic of Bear…
Bear is one of the most represented animals in human cultures throughout time, all over the world. There are many meanings and interpretations. I am most drawn to american indian depictions, stories, and songs.
|Vintage Ursa Major star map print|
Bear is one of my totem animals, and holds the north coordinate on my medicine wheel. Bear represents (for me), a time of healing and meditation, of embracing the dark days of Winter as a precious time to hibernate and reflect inward, in preparation for the renewal of Spring. The long Winter nights – the dreaming time – are a strong component of Bear presence, along with the stars we gaze upon, hinting at a deeper universe.
|Ursa Major by Speakerine / Florent Bodart|
|Bears Star, by ArtGalla|
|Stargazey Bear by Jo Wright of Bear Print Design|
Bear has been represented in human art for thousands of years. And this includes beads and jewelry. I am focusing primarily on art here, along with a few samples of beads that have been inspired by Bear.
|Hopi Kachina Mask: Hon / White Bear Kachina|
|Spirit Bear Mask by Brad Starr|
|Haida Sea Bear Mask, Metropolitan Museum of Art|
|Tlingit Totem Pole; photo by Tim Bean|
|Ancient Haisla Bear totem; photo by Pete Ryan|
|Hopi Kachina: Hon, White Bear|
|Zuni Bear Fetish by Bernard Homer|
|Zuni Bear fetish in my collection by Bernard Homer|
|Star Gazer Bear – Zuni Fetish by Jimmy Yawakia|
|Bear charms by Kylie Parry|
|Little Brown Bear by Rebekah Payne / Tree Wings Studio|
|Black Bear charm by BeaKaz|
|Ceramic Bear by Claire Lockwood|
|Aurora Bear by Naos Glass|
|Polymer Bear pendant and jewelry by Luann Udell.|
|Bear Totem by me (Karen Totten / Starry Road Studio)|
I hope you enjoyed this brief tour of Bear. How does Bear figure in your own life and work?
I’d love to hear!