Thursday, June 23, 2011
I always had a fascination and appreciation of mourning jewellery, especially the intricate and delicate hair assemblages, and family framed wreaths.
Inspired by such pieces, I thought this vintage watch housing would be perfect to make a special piece for me; a reminder not of those who have passed, but those who are dear to my heart, my children. Inside I placed a precious lock of Kade and India's baby hair, and cut some letters from some sheet music to secure inside the glass face.
On the same vein, I have to show you a doll that I found many many moons ago. She has only part of her composition head left, and one small painted wooden arm, but I just love her. I think she may be French or German, late 19th Century, but without all her features it is hard to tell.
She had a little split in her legs, and on further investigation, I discovered that she has a small lock of human hair stuffed inside...isn't that amazing? Wouldn't it be interesting to know the story of how and why the hair was put there...oh the stories this little doll could tell. To me, I think it is fascinating, to others it could be quite creepy.
You can read more about Victorian Mourning jewellery here:
Remembering a loved one with mourning jewelry
The Victorian Obsession with Hair, Result: Mourning Jewelry
Victorian mourning Garb