November ABS Challenge

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.blueseraphim.etsy.com and, 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.
Alice said...

Molly, what a beautiful, beautiful piece! I love the story behind your amazing handmade pendant. And those lampwork beads are to die for.

In the Light of the Moon said...

Oh Gosh..everytime I visit you I feel totally not me..but your work is sooooooo..Mmm...see what I mean...
I just want to pick it up and gaze and take in your the beauty of your work.Big Hugs,Cat

steufel said...

Wow, just wow!

Jo said...

That is so beautiful Molly, and I love the story and thoughts behind it.

Kris Lanae Binsfeld said...

Wow, your work is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors you have used!

Malin de Koning said...

It is a fantastically beautiful piece Molly.