Sometimes I wonder why Andrew lets me stay in “the club”.
I don’t think I’ve met a deadline yet.
The Club is the Inspired By Reading Book Club, the brain child of Andrew Thornton, owner of Allegory Gallery in Ligonier, PA. Each month we read a book, create and blog. This month our book was Home, by Toni Morrison.
It’s the story of a young black man reclaiming his life after returning from the Korean War.
The San Francisco Chronicle said the book “Brims with affection and optimism.” Perhaps I missed much of the symbolism, but I found it to be somewhat dark and depressing. Because of that, I had a difficult time deciding on a project.
At the very beginning of the story, Frank Money and his younger sister sneaked into a crawl space to watch two horses in an overgrown field. One was rust colored and the other deep black.
My design idea was very literal – I had planned to use a Green Girl horse pendant with black onyx and carnelian. The horse looked too rustic and out of place with my faceted onyx so I ended up with two necklaces.
I removed the horse, added a black onyx nugget as a focal piece and highlighted with sterling silver bead caps and daisies, and shiny copper nuggets.
Then - I hung the horse with a hammered silver ring from a silver chain. (I mass produce the rings so I always have a few in stock.) I wire wrapped more of those shiny copper nuggets to the chain for texture and interest.
Please go to Andrew's Blog to learn more about the book and check out the other talented members of the group.