I tried to enclose it in a net of squares made from gold ribbon. The ribbon I found was great for the purpose - a light gold, and rough, so not like most of the satin gold ribbons you find. I thought it turned out well when I fixed the rightangles with bright red thread, and I was thinking about putting gold coloured glass beads at the joins to make it even more 'catholic kitsch'.
Unfortunately when I was constructing the whole thing around the heart, it not only hid the 'realistic' aspects of the heart, but the idea of a reliquary was less strong. I was kicking myself for not painting it out in my sketchbook before starting.
|The hoped for contrast between the organic soft heart |
and the cold hard gold squares just wasn't working.
While I was finding this, I came across a box which had once contained chess pieces, and this set me thinking that perhaps the original idea of a box reliquary would work better.
So the next step was to think about how to enhance the contrast between workaday outside and Glorying in God inside, in keeping with medieval styles and colours.
|I decided to go with the attractive gold squares on blue which appealed from many of|
those medieval images I saw during my researching. It was nice to be able to use a
couching technique in my piece - cf. anglicanum embroidery
|This is what it looks like when you open the plain wooden box with the heart inside.|