Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mixed Media Assemblage Eternal Prosperity and Happiness

This mixed media assemblage piece started as an example for an ICE Resin workshop I was teaching over the weekend at Ephemera Paducah in Paducah, Kentucky.
And as it came together, I realized the symbols I'd used in the piece were powerful Feng Shui symbols of eternal prosperity and happiness. 
 
 
It was really random at first...I used a vintage game piece with the number 88 on it. 
 
 
And I used a Chinese coin, because it was in my stash of demo pieces...I realized later that these two images were powerful symbols for Feng Shui practitioners.  In the Chinese language the sound of 8 is fatt, which means prosperity and abundance. The figure 8 represents infinity. Therefore, two eights seen together mean eternal prosperity.The 88 symbol is universally to unblock stagnate energy and to bring new energy.  88 also represents double happiness. And the game piece is red...another good symbol for Feng Shui practitioners.   It was quite random that I'd placed these pieces together.  I later realized it was kind of cool.  Chinese money, placed in the wealth center of your home is said to bring money your way...there's coin encased in the resin too.  

 
There are a couple gears, and a wire wrapped silk ribbon to hold the pendant. 

 
This piece, quite by accident, turned out so cool. 

 
To finish the piece, I added a #3 skeleton key.  The key is a symbol of discovering that which is hidden or secret, In this piece the key reminds us that we always have the key or the ability to unlock the secret to happiness, or prosperity... it's within us.  
 
All this is pretty "out there" for me...but when I stepped back and thought about the literary and Feng Shui meanings of the symbols I'd randomly put together...it seemed a very happy coincidence. 
 
Thank you for stopping by today...I hope you'll be inspired to make something beautiful!
 
Ken 

 


 

6 comments:

  1. I LOVE this! The Feng Shui elements are fabulous and as I was reading it, I was thinking that I needed one of these for so many reasons . . . .

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    1. Hey Sherry, let's make one when you are here for Art at the Edge!

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  2. Very Cool, Ken! Fate....Serendipity!!!

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    1. Yes, a little reminder that things are the way they are supposed to be. :)

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  3. very cool how it all came together like that!

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    1. Thank you...it was fun putting it all together.

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