Culture is in the Eye of the Beholder. Intarsia Wall Hanging.

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Project by KoryK posted 03-02-2011 04:29 AM 5521 views 15 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was trying to stretch my abilities to make a piece that shows a little more creativity. I saw a picture on the internet that I liked and I took that impression to make a pattern. The funny thing was I had my own impression of the origin of the piece until I was almost finished with it. I started to show it to people and they saw something completely different in it. I pictured it as having a southwest flavor, but each person that has seen it has seen something different in its origin. Here are some of the different influences that I have heard so far; it looks American Indian, Egyptian, African, American Eskimo, Asian (ying-yang), celtic, and even references to 9/11 because of the eagles and the sad faces. Each side has small differences to give it some character and each of the 157 pieces are made individually. Most of the wood used was very hard so I spent a lot of extra time sanding down to 400 grit.

I hope this could be my first lesson in making art, each person will see what they want in every piece. One thing I ask is for all of my LJ friends to comment on what their first impressions are of this piece and see if you have an impression of it I have not heard of yet (just curious of what you all get from this).

It was made with NO stains and was created out of blood wood, curly maple, Brazilian cherry, wenge, aspen, walnut, yellow heart, hackaberry, purple heart, American cherry, and ebony.

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 04:43 AM

Well to be honest my first impression was – that looks great, what is it?
Then when I read your rundown on what it was meant to be, I had a closer look. It certainly is very artisitic and unique. I can see something different in it every time I look at it. I think more of artsy person would find it very appealing. As it is, I find it …... unusual and interesting.
Keep up with the idea of trying to show more creativity, I think you may be onto something!!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 04:46 AM

That is really beautiful!

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 05:00 AM

very creative.. i realy like the use of wood types..great work!

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 05:01 AM

Ambiguous. Yeah, at first viewing it ‘felt’ Eskimo-ish. I bet that did take a lot of sanding. I like the contrast in the woods and the almost mirror image. About 20”?

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 05:15 AM

You are right Kory it is art so I would think every person would have there own opinion .To me my first impression was a symbol on a shield that a warrior would use in battle or ceremony. I also think it looks like it could tell a story of happiness and sadness. It looks great

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 05:15 AM

The first thing that I saw was the two droopy faces of the eyes. I really like it. Very nice.

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 05:31 AM

This is beautiful! My first impression was stuff taken off a totem pole and put on a disc. I had wanted to carve a totem pole in my younger days and there were designs much like what I see you used. And yes it does feel Eskimo-ish but this is much more elegant!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 06:12 AM

Well done. My first impression was American Indian.

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 09:16 AM

Kory, it’s what you want to see first & then second look. Not sure about first! but second is a “mirror” image or split / upside down ….?
By the way, it is a very very nice piece of work, not sure what size but I guess about 12” thereabouts.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 03-02-2011 11:18 AM

Looks Haida to me, or maybe Kwakiutl or Tsimshin.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#11 posted 03-02-2011 11:52 AM

This is really beautiful! Very creative and great colors, I think you nailed it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-02-2011 02:53 PM

WOW! Very beautiful indeed.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#13 posted 03-02-2011 03:27 PM

Best wishes

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#14 posted 03-02-2011 07:32 PM

I like it. I first noticed the two faces. When I read your request I looked again and think Mardi gras.

-- Jeff,

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#15 posted 03-03-2011 01:50 AM

Very nice, great job.

-- Have a great day.

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