Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Symbols Part 1: SPIRALS

This is my spiral sun tattoo! I love suns and spirals so much that 2 years and a half ago I got my first (and only) tattoo featuring a combined design of my beloved symbols. I love symbols, and that was kind of a symbol of new life and rebirth. Needless to say, that was a very special summer and year in my life. Spirals are a universally widespread symbol and are present in many ancient civilizations and still widely used as a decorative motif in many cultures.

Newgrange, Ireland

Saguaro National Park, Arizona

Bandelier, New Mexico

The meander or meandros is the figure of a labyrinth in linear form, a kind of spiral shaped into a repeated motif. It is a typical design in Greek traditional art and jewelry.


Meander pebble mosaic, Rhodes

For a deeper insight into the origins and symbolism of spirals, you can read this very interesting article by my friend Eleni: Symbols and Clouds: The Spiral.

Spirals often show up in my work, often combined with suns. Here is a selection of spirals in my jewelry!


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