Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Texture Sheets

I'm in the process of making some new textures sheets. People who see my bronze pieces want to know what the pendants say. Quite honestly I don't know...I got these sheets from one of my instructors. So I decided to make a new batch and I have used a love letter from Beethovan to his immortal beloved as the text. My new pieces will carry his words of love.

July 6, 1806

My angel, my all, my very self -- only a few words today and at that with your pencil -- not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon -- what a useless waste of time. Why this deep sorrow where necessity speaks -- can our love endure except through sacrifices -- except through not demanding everything -- can you change it that you are not wholly mine, I not wholly thine?

Oh, God! look out into the beauties of nature and comfort yourself with that which must be -- love demands everything and that very justly -- that it is with me so far as you are concerned, and you with me. If we were wholly united you would feel the pain of it as little as I!

Now a quick change to things internal from things external. We shall surely see each other; moreover, I cannot communicate to you the observations I have made during the last few days touching my own life -- if our hearts were always close together I would make none of the kind. My heart is full of many things to say to you - Ah! -- there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all -- cheer up -- remain my true, only treasure, my all as I am yours; the gods must send us the rest that which shall be best for us.

Your faithful,

Translating Beethovan's words into some of the first written languages seems a little strange to me. I'm still not set on it in my mind yet. I would like there to be some connection between the language I am using and what is being represented on my jewelry.....something original from the time period. But historically the first written languages were used to correctly count agricultural products and for keeping the calendar to plant crops at the correct time. I brought back a cuniform tablet from The Louvre. The card that came with it explains that the writing represents the sale of land and slaves. It's original...but doesn't capture the heart or imagination of someone considering a piece of jewelry. I prefer to have it be a representation of a love letter....even if the author had nothing to do with that culture. Love is universal and timeless.

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