The Sun Never Says…

May 22, 2017

Sun

“Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that, it lights the whole sky.” Words, “The Sun Never Says,” by Hafiz, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

 

 

Fox

Fox design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

A fox observed a Crow swoop down and pick of a choice piece of cheese then take safety on a tree branch. He said to himself: “That’s for me.”

Mr. Fox sauntered to the foot of the tree and address the Crow: Madam Crow, how well you look today: how glossy your feathers are, and how sparkling your eyes are. I am sure your voice surpasses that of all other birds, just as your figure does. Please let me hear just one song from you that I may greet you as the Queen of the Birds!

The Crow lifted her head to perform her best “Caw! Caw!” But the moment she opened her beaks, the piece of cheese fell to the ground to be snapped up by Mr. Fox.

“That will do,” he smirked. “All I wanted was your cheese.”

Then he went on his way leaving Madam Crow pondering how this Flatterer robbed her by stealth of both wit and wealth.

Watch out

“Watch out w’en youer gittin’ all you want. Fattenin’ hogs ain’t in luck.” Quote by Joel Chandler Harris, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908) was an American writer and folklorist best known for his collection of “Uncle Remus” stories “Br’er Rabbit” stories written in dialect. Harris worked as an apprentice on a plantation during his teenage years where he gathered stories from the African-American oral tradition.

A rose by any other name…

February 13, 2017

flower

Simply a Tudor rose design by Meredith Eliassen, 2017.

flower-with-snake

Some flow’rets of Eden ye still inherit, but the trail of the serpent is over them all.” Words by Thomas Moore from Lalla-Rookh (1817). The name Lalla Rookh or Lala-Rukh means “tulip cheeked” and is an endearment frequently used in Persian poetry. Tulip design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.

The dragged trail bead motif is a pattern on glass that is created when a contrasting color is trailed onto a base color in parallel lines then an instrument is used to drag the trail in a perpendicular direction with a combing motion. This is a feather design where the dragging alternates up and down.

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Photograph of dragged trail bead.

 

 

 

 

A Prayer for Unity

November 9, 2016

Doves

Peace, joy, and love design with two doves form a heart by Meredith Eliassen, 2015.

For the Clinton Family, thank you.

Notecard

Palm Trees

Drawing of a palm tree by Meredith Eliassen. Notecard

British politician and orator William Gladstone (1809-1898) studied The Iliad and The Odyssey by the Greek writer Homer who was active during the eighth century BC, and came to the conclusion that Homer must have been colorblind. However more recently, scholars have come to believe that color perception must be evolving and that perhaps, the world saw in black and white until a human consciousness reached for the perception of additional colors over many generations; that our ancestors could see first black and white, followed by red, yellow, green and then blue.

Alma

Consider “boo” for blue… is the sky blue? Alma responds, “Blue, eh no, white, um no blue…” Design by Meredith, 2016.

My friend Ella turned me on to this program by Radio Lab…

Radio Lab: Why Isn’t the Sky Blue? http://www.radiolab.org/story/211213-sky-isnt-blue/ Radiolab is a show about curiosity. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience.

The program asserted that colors entered the human consciousness as they were manufactured, and the earliest manufactured blue pigment was created in ancient Egypt.

Ancient Egyptian Beads

Some ancient beads from Egypt.

Forever

Already thinking about the 4th of July, Stars and Stripes… Forever, design by Meredith Eliassen, 2016.