I decided to start my Mirrix work with a ‘pendant’ design. As I have been working it up, it has turned into an amulet in my mind. I wanted to do something different and have no idea how I came up with ‘Ex Libris’ as a potential design. I grew up surrounded by books and remember these gorgeous book plates in so many books. Their designs are very intricate. Wikipedia‘s definition of ‘Ex Libris’:
Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, “from the books”. It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in “from the books of…” or from the library of…
Ex Libris may also refer to: A bookplate, which is also sometimes known as an ex libris
Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the books of…” or “from the library of…”, or in Latin, ex libris…. Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books.
I knew I wouldn’t be able to fit something super intricate on a 3″ x 4″ grid. So after thinking hard, I came up with an idea. I only have 20 rows of 58 done right now. I did a basic checkerboard edge and it has a crow/raven on it, my Native Zodiac Totem. You can see the graph partially behind what work I have done so far. Yes, I took the word chart backwards, so it is getting worked up backwards 🙂 I did it in soft colors to keep some authenticity. If I have enough room underneath this piece on the loom, I am going to do up a second piece. I hate to waste too much thread. then I will take them both off at the same time. See you soon with more work and more photos!