Saturday, November 13, 2010

Letters and Symbols

I've been busy these last few days working on a piece for Alicia's Altered Bits Zine. This is another great opportunity to take part in an online project so if you havn't signed up yet make sure you get over to Alicia's blog and check out the themes and guidlines. I chose Letters and Symbols to work with and have had a lot of fun doing so!
Recycled lace, silk fabric, recycled paper,beads, reused button...and that red wire I am loving so much!


A few small peeks...but enough to show the nautical theme I have chosen. I've never worked in this theme before and it took a bit to find myself with it. However, the nautical side is a very important to this story so after a bit if playing around I came up with a combination I like and the story behind it all is below.

V is for Voyage...

A long time ago when only sailors got tattoos the humble sparrow was an important symbol. From what I have read the sparrow was tattooed onto a sailors as a talisman to keep them safe. The only time sailors saw sparrows while they were at sea was when they were close to land. The sight of a sparrow would tell a sailor that they were nearly at their destination and had survived their long and dangerous journey. Sighting a sparrow was a reason to celebrate!. The tattoo of a sparrow became a symbol of a sailors desire for safety, home and well being.  Over time the use of sparrows became interchangeable with other birds such as swallows and bluebird.Another reason sailors chose sparrows was because of the belief that sparrows took the souls of people to safety (based on an ancient Egyptian belief) and that should they not make the voyage then at least the sparrows would take them home. This is thought to be how the tattoo of a small bird, such as a sparrow, carrying banners with a loved ones name originated,  Incidentally, swallows in tattoos were originally used to commemorate the achievement of 5000 nautical miles at sea. If a sailor had 2 swallows it meant he had sailed 10,000 miles. Both swallows and sparrows were used to symbolise love and loyalty as both these birds mate for life.


Bonsai. 
We just watched the new Karate kid movie, hence the name Bonsai for our foster bird! 

As you probably noticed Bonsai is not a sparrow, he is a thrush! (we think!) and he's our latest foster bird. He's a lot older than the previous two as he feeds himself (messily!) and can perch. It's hard not to feel just a little attached so fingers crossed Bonsai will have a happier ending than Ash and Ang!


9 comments:

John M. Mora said...

is this a type of starling?

Nora said...

That was a very interesting story about the sparrow.

Kris said...

Bird rescue! How awesome you are to do this.

Lisa said...

great piece you've gotten started for Alicia's zine..love the nautical theme!
good luck with your foster birdy...having raised wild baby birds....it's lots o work!!

Mick said...

I have 3 sparrow tattoos ... well, if I wanted tattoos, that's how many I'd need. :)

Kim Palmer said...

Landed back on planet earth to catch the latest posts again Lisa. Good luck with this wee babe. Love the sneakies of the piece for Alicias zine. Great theme and sneakies too. Like where this one is going! Gunnily enough nautical things are happening here too. You just wait, LOL!

Kim Palmer said...

Doh! I'm typing in the dark that should read funnily! Im such a dyslexic typist!

Debrina said...

I'm so glad Alicia extended the deadline on this because the way things are in my studio is right now...there is no way I could have had it done by December!!!
aNYWAY - BEAUTIFUL WORK AS EVER,LISA!!!

alteredbits said...

gorgeous peeks, lady!! i can't wait to see the whole thing and woohoo that i get to see it before some other people, hah!

i did not know that about the sparrows and such -- paul did though 'cause i had to have him come in and read it. well, he only knew part. i still want a little finn sparrow tat. ;)

i want real birdies too but the husby says no -- except for chickens.