I have this thing for layers.
You'll most likely find me wearing layers. I'm almost always cold.
I love landscapes that have layers like mountains, hills, trees, prairies, sky, etc. I like to see it all and I love how it fits together like a puzzle.
I love the layers of a good salad...crisp lettuce, soft cheese, crunchy nuts, warm chickpeas, cold onions, and creamy dressing.
I love the meaning behind layers. Layers take time.
A few months ago I spent a lot of time searching for some kind of meaning within my work. I looked at the basis of my project--the day. And then I looked at how those days build up into a year. I thought about chunks of time and shapes and layers and how it all relates. I searched for images that revealed this process in nature and I landed on the agate.
Here's a few facts about agates that I found interesting...
Agates naturally develop when an empty pocket inside a host rock fills in molecule-by-molecule, layer-by-layer as these microcrystals self organize to form concentric bands or other patterns.
No gemstone is more creatively striped by Nature than agate.
Unlike other gemstones, each agate is unique. Even slabs cut from the same specimen will vary in color and design.
The layered bands of microscopic quartz in Agate may appear delicate, they are actually very strong.
Agate is the accepted gemstone for the 12th and 14th wedding anniversaries. (I celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary this year.)
Legend says that Agate improves memory and concentration, increases stamina and encourages honesty. (Those seem like good qualities for creative habits.)
And so this series of agates began and I'm really enjoying it. I'm excited to make more and to see where these lead me.