Saturday, April 14, 2007

Crossing Cultures

Ive been so busy I havent had time to upload this til now. Weddings and business both seem to take up a lot of my time, so my internet allowance has suffered. Still its all good, The sun is still shining, my seedlings are sprouting like mad and Im working my cotton socks off! Actually I'm back to Crocs sans Socks, its been that warm and its only April! This weeks dare...

I (Saffa) come from a very multicultural background and love being
able to see them all from within and this is what has inspired
this weeks challenge....take a deep breath...
I would like you to make a card that celebrates and reflects
a festival from another culture to your own....

So here are some ideas to get you started:
Chinese New Year
Persian New Year
Sinhalese New Year
St. Patrick's day

So you get the idea....Good luck...

I wanted to make a card for a festival I'd never heard of so I allowed myself an hour of surfing and found the Hindu festival of colour, Holi. It sounds like an amazing time, when everyone gets covered in bright powder paints and celebrates the coming of spring. This silk paper I'd made a wee while ago seemed to fit the colour theme perfectly. Its pure silk so it shines and glistenes beautifully and makes the colours so vibrant.

If you fancy a go try googling silk paper making or email me and I'll look out some links. It makes a great canvas for embroidery, not that I have the patience for anything so time consuming!

The Aum symbol seemed to fit this perfectly as it is placed and said before and after most sacred Hindu texts and its symbol appears to be a standard sign for Hindu philosophy and beliefs.

Not that I know any of this for sure though, so feel free to correct me if my internet research is flawed!

Silk paper background layered on coloured card with Aum symbol handcut from card. Simple! Thanks Saffa for a fab Dare and I can't wait to see what you all come up with.
Rhi x


Paula said...

Very pretty & delicate. Gorgeous.

Frog said...

Very nice Rhi love the colours.

Andrea xx

Angelnorth said...

This is just beautiful Rhi, I'd been wondering how you did the background so I'm off to Google silk paper making now! The Aum symbol makes a really bold and striking contrast to the delicacy of the colour changes in the background - great stuff!

Gillian Hamilton said...

Rhi this is so Vibrant, love this colour combo and that BG oh, it's gorgeous!