Thursday, November 18, 2010

Cathedral After Dark: The Munster

Sometimes, monsters inspire.

Dr. B and I recently spent a long weekend traveling the length of Switzerland and I came home bearing a gift from Bern's Munster Cathedral:

Inspiration.












It will not come as a surprise to most that I have a fondness for Gothic architecture and Medieval history. Nay, not mere fondness. It is adoration bordering on the divine when crossing the threshold of a 1000 years young castle. Tears of joy roll down my cheeks as I sit quietly in an old cathedral pew; trembling in delight, in wonder...

'Thrilled to the marrow' is a phrase reserved for moments such as these.































I brought the above images home to my studio, along with the memories of cold stone and layered varnish; of stained glass and carved wood...

...and began to create.


I'm pleased to announce I've designed my first new piece of jewelry in one long, difficult year. At last.


Quatrefoil Crown Earrings







Inspired by my visit to Munster Cathedral, I've created a version of the beloved quatrefoil motif in swarovski pearl beads. They may be found, along with a hundred other jewels, in my Etsy shop. I plan to design thousands more.


Quatrefoil Crown Earrings - Back View








If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau


Wee steps in an upward direction, My Dears!

Warmest Wishes,

Dosha
www.afterdarkjewelry.com
www.afterdark.etsy.com

9 comments:

  1. How inspiring to see such a magnificent cathedral! And your earrings are beautiful!

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  2. Thank you for your visit and kind comment. And the pleasure is mine also.
    May I wish you a wonderful Holiday Season full of peace and blessings?
    Best,
    Renate

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  3. Dosha!! Wow..these are absolutely fabulous..gorgeous dazzling creations..you are one talented soul! and beautiful post of imagery...decadent and mystcial!!Thanks for this does of magic today....so inspiring!
    Victoria~

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  4. Dear Dosha,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog today and leaving such a lovely comment! I am so happy you found my designs and blog inspiring. You do beautiful work as well--I love your jewelry designs and photography :)
    Thanks again!
    Warm regards,
    Ivy

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  5. Friend, thanks for the words... they are gifts. And just as you show above if we did not have the extremes, dark and light the windows of the soul would not glow true colors and surreal shapes. I am blessed to know you and will always know your great spirit champions all.

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  6. Thank you for these beautiful photos. The earrings are amazing.

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  7. Hi Dosha..just me.. popping in to say hi and see how you are doing! Wishing you sparkles of Springtime ahead and a very happy March!
    Have a beautiful week... can't wait to see what is new in your magical realm!
    Till then..take care!
    Victoria~

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  8. Seeing your jewelry makes me wish my ears were pierced!

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