I’m a collector of anything old and glass so it’s safe to say I usually have of few of those tiny bottles stashed about my art space. I like using them in my assemblage pieces, they are great for creating curios, or as built in mini-vases, but my favorite thing to do with them is creating my version of a message in a bottle.
I’ve experimented with a couple of different ways to reveal a message in a bottle, but using beads has to be my new favorite. For this little bottle I decided to play with found poetry on these great black and white, chunky ceramic African beads. I’ve had the raven bead for a while and I wanted to use it as my grasping bead.
Lifting the raven up reveals a found poem inside which reads, “I was a mystery, something untapped. A brave example.”
The stacked nature of the beads reminded me of a totem pole. More so, raven is an insightful animal totem or guide, which the poem could easily be speaking to as well.
Does its message speak to you today?
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Materials: found bottle, ceramic beads, raven bead, soda can.
If you’d like to see more messages in bottles (and some curious creatures), please visit my Flickr album, “Bottled Art!” Thank you 🙂