I made this necklace recently and I was thinking about selling it - along with some other necklaces I made (still no decision on those) but this one I decided to keep.
It's made from the front of one of the old bus route maps for the city - maps that probably no longer exist. I love how so many of the bus routes go through the cathedral.
I've set it slightly off centre - because for me, my heart falls to the east (where we used to live and still 'do church') and to the south where we now live. Also I know as a city we're a little out of kilter but I think the heart remains strong.
I love that the cathedral is right in the centre of the routes - it's a symbol for me of my turangawaewae (true standing place/home) - in the sense that all I am is centred in my faith - all other roads and pathways and journeys intersect with the cross. The literal cathedral is not the thing that matters it is the metaphor for my faith - the thing from which all of my identity, sense of purpose and love flow.
I'm so pleased with this necklace. I think I might have one more of the old bus routes left....maybe I'll make another to sell one day... who knows.... sometimes selling stuff just seems too much like a difficult process.
Ummm... if you are a chch blogger and not on the email list we'd love to see you tonight at The Make Cafe - anytime from 6.30pm - wear some lippy (unless you are a guy, but if you are a guy you are welcome and we won't judge if you wear lippy either!).
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Love you more than a pretty symbol of hope xxx