It's been stifling hot here over the last few days. Whilst the bright bright sun may have been replaced by dark rain clouds accompanied by distant rolling thunder (which I love) the mugginess is yet to clear. It's been so hot in the house that I haven't dared to leave the computer on for more than a few minutes and have reserved my online activity to late night iPad sessions when its cooler.
I was in Melbourne last week and managed to pick up this fabulous book.
This is not a new-agey book but rather a proper look at the use and meaning of talismans across cultures and time. I highly recommend it - not least because of the fabulous photographs. In the interest of honesty and putting my cards on the proverbial table I think I should advise (and I know that this wont be popular with some) that I am not a believer in the supernatural or in the mystical power of certain objects (basically I am a skeptic). I do however believe that one of the things that makes us human is our ability to tell stories, to weave a narrative around an event or an object. This capacity to ascribe meaning can turn an ordinary object into something quite extraordinary and powerful - a cultural transmitter. Does this make any sense? I hope I haven't alienated anyone.
I also managed to pick up some great destash from our local town market this weekend:
Given the heat I haven't really felt like creating. I do have a couple of things half finished. I'm also planning to rework this necklace:
Sorry about the photo - its so dark in the house I had to use a flash. I was thinking it might make a nice bracelet. I can remove the bead necklace and replace with some hand forged links. I'll give it a go.
'til next time.