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Slowly I start to recover from the celebrations we had in my area. I live in Limburg and it’s one of the places in the world were Carnival (or Mardi Grass) is celebrated. We were out on the streets for 3 days, wearing costumes that stand up to the cold (it was freezing cold this year!). We did sing and dance with friends and passers-by and watch the parades, we had a lovely time.
As my intention word for this year is playfulness (speelsheid) it was right up my alley to delve a bit deeper into understanding what it means for me. Carnival is a playful time just before Lent and part of the Roman Catholic calendar. There is a good wiki entry when you are more interested in the historic part of it. Over Carnaval (in het Nederlands)
For me, the most important part is the costume I am wearing. No doubt you can go to the shop and buy a splendid suit, but I always take pride in making the costume myself. It’s a form of self expression that I need to get in the mood, and it’s a wonderful way to play with how you see yourself.
Use your imagination to dream up a better you. You can be princess or frog, it’s up to you! I make my disguise just the week before carnival, then I know the weather and I feel what I want to tell.
This year I chose to be a garden woman that puts seeds in the ground & nurtures the new impulses that grow. I made a warm, fluffy yellow-green apron, stuck flowers & bugs in my hair, attached all sorts of seed packets to the apron... painted my face and off I went. I always want something to do and talk about and I use the suit as a jump off point.
My silver springflowers have an emotional connection with carnival. It is graphical, joyous and colourful jewellery. The colours are like the carnival costumes in basic palette. Blue, yellow & green in all the vividness you can imagine.
I enjoy making them just as with the costume. Making these earrings and necklaces brings me in a good mood. It doesn’t always have to be complicated, just celebrate life!Helga van Leipsig