Today’s task asked to incorporate traditional folk symbols and use them as tangles. I gave this challenge a lot of thought and research (hence the delay in posting this challenge) and decided that I would honor my Native American Heritage by selecting traditional Native American symbols into my tile.
With all the recent loss that I experienced this past year, I choose symbols that represented the Native American view of our life cycle. Life, Death, Wind, Passage of Time and the Great Spirit. To complement this tile I found a Native American quote that spoke to my heart and expresses how I am coping with my recent losses:
“The wind that gave me my first breath gave me my last sigh…”
They symbols I chose to represent this quote perfectly. I picked some basic tangles like Tipple and Florz to fill in the tile without taking anything away from the Native American symbols.
The tile itself was treated to a sepia watercolor wash to give it an old rustic feeling. I mixed both black and sepia toned ink for the symbols and tangles to bring both contrast and beauty to the tile.
Overall this was an emotional tile for me to create and hope you like the final result.
Until next post…