A link from uphilldowndale – who’s blog “Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England” is a joy to visit:
has another link to some of Karl Blossfeldt’s (1865-1932) amazing photography
This got me thinking about the koru design.
As a jewellery artist I use the koru design a lot in my work which can represent both ocean waves and new beginnings, inspired by the unfurling of the new growth of a fern frond – so thought you might be interested in this definition I found of the word koru. The word koru is defined in Williams Dictionary of the Maori Language as an adjective meaning ‘folded, coiled, looped’. As a noun, the word means ‘a bulbed motif or scroll painting’ A popular explanation of the koru is that it represents the unfolding of a tree fern frond, as seen in the uncurling corm with its rolled-up inner leaflets. The koru also resembles a curling wave. Symbolically the koru means new beginnings, harmony, growth and life.
Maybe you can now understand why I love to incorporate this wonderful symbol in nearly every piece of jewellery I create : – )
This image is a ponga (tree fern) we had growing in a previous garden. I don’t think one would survive where we live now as it is too close to the sea. : – (