|The Way Of The Jealous Heart|
The inspiration piece for this month's Art Bead Scene monthly design challenge is called "Madonna Pietra degli Scrovigni" by Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927). The woman is a character from the Italian poet Dante. She was described as a heartless lady dressed in green. In her hand she holds a crystal bowl reflecting the figures of Love and Dante:
As I was coming up with a design for this challenge, my mind kept going back to the green and the heartless woman wearing the green, and the words "jealous heart" kept coming up.
Jealous people are usually people who have had their heart broken so many times that it almost seems they are heartless. They have tried to mend their own beaten and broken hearts by building up walls and defenses.
From this frame of mind came "The Way Of The Jealous Heart":
The focal is made from brass pieces riveted on top of one another with the definition for "heartless" decoupaged into the heart shape. The brass heart falling from the cutout frame has been pierced, beaten and sewn up, leaving a long chasm in the middle of it.
The focal dangles from a chain made from beautiful art beads from http://www.firebabies.etsy.com, http://www.blueseraphim.etsy.com, http://mermaidglass.etsy.com and http://www.beadsofpassion.com, and the heart 'window' is from Rings and Things.
Check out the other beautiful entries for this month's challenge at the ABS Flicker site.