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Category: In the Studio

Fallen Angels of Death, LE*

Some of you may know me as one of the artists at ConVocation in Detroit as “the one who makes the death angels” or goth angels or creepy angels or whatever you may call them. I call them Angels of Death. Those of you who may follow me on Facebook may also recall the tragedy that occurred last fall in the Studio. I had some angels in the works who fell. Fell!

broken angels

Poor things! Some had chips in their wings as well but every one of them toppled off the desk, onto the cement floor and broke. It was a sad day as you can see some paint work had already begun. All I could see was time, effort and a little money tossed in the trash. But I didn’t toss them in the trash. I set them aside until I could look at them again.

I got a lot of ideas from friends as to what to do with these poor darlings and in the end, I did find a solution. I think it was a brilliant solution.

I took a lesson from Kintsugi. For those you unaware (or unaware that’s what this is called), Kintsugi is the Japanese tradition of repairing broken ceramics – like a broken vase – with a special lacquer mixed with gold. It is also known as the “art of broken pieces”. By securing the broken ceramics together with a vein of gold, it not only makes the piece whole again, it fuses a piece of its history into the ceramic rather than trying to disguise any mishaps that may have befallen it.

This is what I did with my Angels of Death that are now Fallen Angels of Death, LE*. Only rather than gold, I mixed in some copper dust. Copper is a metal element that is not only a great conductor of energies (electricity and heat) but is also related to the planet (and goddess) Venus.  It holds so many meanings from so many different and even esoteric schools of thought and magic that I don’t even want to delve into them here. Look into it and see what your belief system says about copper. I find the study of alchemy’s thoughts on copper interesting.

This is the end result of those Fallen Angels of Death that will be available for purchase ($10) during ConVocation 2018,  on the dates February 22-25, in the DoubleTree Hilton in Dearborn, Michigan and only in the Art Show. They are hanging angels so when you bring them home they will permanently be in a state of being airborne.

Picture of hanging angels of death

*Limited Edition: because I hope to never have such a tragedy happen again but if I do, it will be a different set of angels because I have no more of these!