Inspired by the magic of spirals – part1

Was it just a coincidence that last summer whilst I was busy working on fine-tuning some of my spiral wirework jewellery designs that the British Library contacted me?  If you’ve read my last few posts, yes quite amazingly I got to teach my Anglo-Saxon inspired spiral wirework jewellery making masterclasses as part of their iconic Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibition.

The spiral design is a feature of many Anglo-Saxon artworks, in manuscripts, metalwork, stone crosses etc and it’s also a design that has fascinated me for decades.

some info about the spiral symbol

The spiral is believed to symbolise the journey or cycle of life, perhaps in some instances it represents a serpent, the cosmos or the spiral of life. But, when used to decorate Anglo-Saxon crosses in churchyards (see below), the running spiral design also known as a plant or vine scroll is thought to symbolise Christ as the true vine which gives life and is a visualisation of salvation and paradise.

spiral decoration on a stone cross in Cumbria
Anglo-Saxon spiral decoration on a stone cross in Cumbria

my journey

In my late teens and early 20s I spent some years travelling, working, backpacking around the world and having adventures (will share a few of these with you another day). This time in my life enabled me to experience many different places, its people and their culture. Art, design and history have always interested me and my travels helped open up my eyes to this new world of mysterious sacred places, our ancient ancestors and their artwork.

I could see many similarities across the continents and time divide, from Australia, South and Central America to our European Neolithic ancestors, the Celts, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. The mystery of why they all created these spiral designs and what this and other symbols signified has intrigued me ever since… and yes, I still find spirals everywhere!

Well, there is a little bit more on this inspired by spirals journey, that involves my own jewellery designs and how my new business name found me, which I will share in my next blog posts, come with me on my adventures…

Wishing you sparkles and hugs, Sam Rowena x

2 thoughts on “Inspired by the magic of spirals – part1”

  1. Hi Weaver, thank you for your lovely comment… yes when I left school at 16 I worked in an office and didn’t enjoy it, I wanted more from my life, but at the time I didn’t know exactly what other direction to go in, I wanted to do something creative but just didn’t know what exactly? I was also interested in seeing a bit of the world, exploring and experiencing life… my adventure began with au-pairing in Germany for 6 months, followed by hotel work in a German ski-resort for the winter and saving up for a round the world flight to Australia, one day will share some of the tales from my travels in my blog posts.
    sparkles and blessings my lovely x Sam Rowena

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  2. hi, sam! always great to see a post from you. 🙂 i didnt realise you had travelled so extensively – wow, what an education you have had. and it shows in your creative work. spirals are truly universal which explains why we all love wearing them. we are drawn to them but not necessary conscious of why. thank you for these insights.

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