Altared Inspiration : :
Inkjets & Sleep Dep
A Really Long Story of Love & Light. With Photos. And Candles.
The design for the Photive Altar (aka: Love & Light Altar) was directly inspired by this one particular image, taken by my client Faye Hilbert. I was completely unaware of the peacock symbolism when it came to me. I was just totally in love with the image and the colors. I loved the combined beauty of the Peacock and the Temple (that's what I believed it to be at the time) -- amplified as mother nature and humanity danced together as one. I couldn't take my eyes off of it.
This design incorporates all of the Feng Shui elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to represent the whole earth and life cycle. Made from reclaimed wood, with a metal print and hand-crafted, the intention is to spread love and light and create beauty in your home or work, with beauty and images that have personal meaning to you.
I met Faye a few months after I opened the shop when she randomly stopped in the shop one day, drawn in the door when she saw a custom piece on reclaimed wood with stand-off metal prints that I had waiting to go to framer for a paper backing and hanging hardware. It drew so many people in, sitting there, that I created a slightly smaller duplicate piece for a shop sample and keep it right in front of the door to draw in more kindred, just like her.
It was part of my vision for the shop, to design in creative artful ways for people to enjoy their own images, not just mine, and I was so excited to have my first taker and so grateful that she trusted me with these beautiful images from her cool and interesting life.
She travels the world, surfing and exploring and she had lots of shots from her adventures that she wanted to enjoy in her new home. She totally got where I was going here with the vision for the shop and the creations with photos and I talked her into committing to a flat overall fee, her whole art budget, with the promise that she'd get WAYYY more than that in product and art value if she'd let me make her a guinea pig and just go off and try things. She agreed, and off I went!
Okay, so back to the bird. It was around 1:30am or so, a couple months later. I was exhausted and about to go to bed. I remembered that I needed to print an important school paper for my son but my crappy home ink-jet had clogged up and I had to do the cleaning thing and then add more ink, etc etc. I was frustrated and just threw the pile of prints from the paper tray onto the floor so that I could get the NEW freaking $30 color cartridge installed and hopefully get it to print, so I could go to bed and then wake up again in 4 hours or so.
When I looked down to the pile, there was the Peacock shot, right on top. I looked at it again. I had approval from Faye on a few pieces but none of them ended up using this particular image. I had really tried to work it in somewhere, but it just didn't end up in any of the final designs. I thought about that and when I looked at it I thought:
"I want to see that on METAL."
"And I want to see it LIT. "
>gears move some more<
"And I want it lit by FLAME, not electric light."
>BOOM. DOWNLOAD. FILE.<
Grab print. Go downstairs and find the cool little book my Sister Kim gave me, that I scribble design ideas in. Commence scribbling design. Gears turn some more. Scribble some alt variations and notes and uses. DONE.
Go get candle & light it. Stand print in front of candle. Crappy inkjet even looked majestic. I could picture exactly what it would look like, in metal and on wood. PRETTY!!! I LIKE PRETTYYY!! And so it was done. I was SOOOOO making these!!
Looked at the clock on the stove: 2:22am. Yep. Brought by Angels. 'Nuff said. Thanks, guys!! Noted!
The very next day I frantically texted Bart and he came in the shop. I showed him my scribbles and gave him measurements and off he went. Did a little edit to original file and ordered the print. I had a working Photive Altar within 72 hrs! We were both in love with it! We nudged and noodled things and I tried different candles and different heights, we probably made 2-3 more prototypes until we got it just right.
I had delivered Faye's pieces and I gave her the Altar, as a surprise Thank You gift. She loved it, but the item I had in the shop was a prototype and I was doing ONE more nudge and I promised I'd get it to her when Bart got it to me.
FAST-FORWARD almost 6 months later...
Faye went off globe-trotting again, my Mom passed away, things got crazy and we kept missing one another to re-connect and get her Altar to her. So JUST LAST WEEK, I'm here on a Saturday and about to close shop -- she texts I filled her in on what I was doing, SO much had happened. I also asked her to tell me the full story of the Peacock shot. You will LOVE this story!
I knew it was from Thailand and knew they used them as "Guardians of the Temple" so my mind sort of filled it in that she had been at a Temple and they had them there and she got that shot. But what happened was that she and her brother were traveling in remote areas of Thailand by motorcycle. They came upon this sort of plaza and there was, like, NOBODY around. There were regular peacocks running around. And then this white/albino peacock landed. They were like, "whoa! cool!" and had not seen a white one before.
AND THEN she said, like 100 of them all descended upon this place at once. Said it was truly surreal! And, more like a movie, some random guy comes thru where they were in a wheelchair. Huh? (Twighlight Zone) She said behind that particular Peacock, where she took that shot, there were just tons of them. She says she has 50+ more shots of them from when it happened and she's going to share with me.
And the BEST part of the story? It was not a Temple the Peacock was sitting upon. Ready for this? It was, in fact, AN ALTAR.
Evidently, my Angels already knew that. <3
White Peacock Symbolism
Lord Sananda is the ultimate White Magician/White Shaman. Lord Sananda and the White Peacock are symbolic of the Order of the White Peacock, an ancient Shamanic Order from Venus. “By the Peacock” was a sacred oath, because the peacock was thought to have the power of resurrection, and is therefore also associated with the Phoenix. The word "peacock" as well as the image of the White Peacock is considered sacred and is used in recognition of others of the Order of the White Peacock. White Peacocks act as guardians of the Temple on the Planet Venus, warning of approaching visitors.
In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility. In history, myth, legend & lore, the peacock is considered an emblem of protection, nobility, watchfulness, guidance, and holiness. Early belief held that the Gates of Paradise are guarded by a pair of peacocks. All peacocks are considered sacred, but the White Peacock is the most sacred of all birds to Sananda and those of the Order of the White Peacock as it represents purity in Christ Consciousness. In general, the Peacock is representative of glory, immortality, royalty, and incorruptibility. It is a possessor of some of the most admired human characteristics, and is a symbol of integrity and the beauty that can be achieved when we endeavor to better ourselves and better our lives.