This final week of the year seems to have really gone by quickly. It is hard to believe that it is Friday already as I look back in retrospect.
I am feeling a bit better, but still not quite myself. I truly appreciate all the nice thoughts and comments that you all have sent me and I assure you that I am well on the road to recovery.
I made good headway with my drawings yesterday, and hopefully I will be able to finish up drawing that project today. While I tried to spend most of the day at the computer, my head still wasn’t one hundred percent there. I found my mind drifting and I couldn’t really concentrate like I wanted to. So finally I gave it up after dinner and watched some History Channel episodes on the great Sphinx and ancient Egypt.
Egyptian art has always been a fascination of mine. When I was 13 years old, the King Tutankhamun exhibit was brought to the Field Museum in Chicago where I lived. I remember the Sunday paper had an entire section which highlighted many of the incredible artifacts that would be on display. Even as a young teen, I was enchanted with the craftsmanship and ability that they had to create those beautiful pieces over 4000 years ago. It was mind-boggling to me. Alas, my parents didn’t share my enthusiasm and did not want to make the trip downtown to see the exhibit, but I poured over the newspaper article and hoped that one day I would be able to see some of the beautiful pieces in person.
A few years ago, my dream came true. In 2005 I went back to Chicago for my son’s wedding, and coincidentally once again the King Tut exhibit was once again on tour at the Field Museum there. My son, who inherited my own love of art and nature, purchased us tickets and we all saw the exhibit together.
To say it was ‘magnificent’ would be an understatement. Just about everything that was displayed was placed on pedestals surrounded by thick glass. This meant that you could see each piece from all sides. You were also literally within inches of each item and could see the incredible detail and craftsmanship. Piece after piece of beautiful objects made of stones and precious metals and gems. They literally took my breath away. I found a picture of one of my favorite objects:
It is a Scarab Pectoral with the King’s Throne Name. I remember vividly how amazing the colors and workmanship was on this particular piece. I couldn’t stop looking at it.
So how does this relate to woodworking? I do believe that reading about these items when I was a child and learning about them had a profound impact on me and my life. Since the beginning of time, we as humans want to create beautiful things. Many of these things are functional. Many are symbolic and represent our beliefs. But all of them leave behind a legacy to pass down to our children and grandchildren.
Thinking back, I knew at a very young age that I wanted to spend my live creating things. It was something that I have felt for as long as I could remember. I wonder sometimes why it is so important to some of us to do so and not so much to others. I suppose we are all different that way. I feel very fortunate that I am able to follow my heart and be able to do what I have always wanted to do.
Seeing these artifacts reminded me just how long ago this desire was born within me. And it renews my need to create even more. Whether it be patterns for others to use, or my own creations, I feel that I am on the path that I was meant to take in this life. And I am very fortunate.
I wish you all a wonderful day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"