Michael michaud designs from nature
Jewelry designer Michael Michaud of Connecticut credits nature for his design inspirations: "Nature's creations are the ultimate Art that fills our hearts with joy, warms our souls with promise and fuels our spirit with desire. My true inspiration to reflect this beauty in adornment is what my Art is all about."
One of my personal favorites of Michael's are the pieces using the ash leaf design. Michael includes information about each leaf or part of nature that inspires his pieces. His description of the ash leaf sent me on some research to find out more. Michael shares," The Ash Leaf's leaves have long been thought to attract love and prosperity. One of the great Leafs of Ireland, this leaf has rich history in folk lore and religion. Growing up to 80 feet tall, the Ash Leaf became known as the Great Mother of the forest and eventually as the Leaf of life. A symbol of strength, empowerment, and destiny."
I did some further research and learned that the Ash tree was very important in Viking mythology being the "tree of life". In Ireland, it is the second most popular tree to be beside holy wells. In British folklore, it was seen to offer special protection for babies and children. In many parts of England, children would bring a branch of the ash tree to school on Ash Wednesday.
Seems like a beautiful accessory to wear on Easter.
Blessings from Art Connections Gallery on this most Holy Day.