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Well, I hope the following image doesn’t ruin the surprise for anyone looking forward to receiving their holiday card this year. As I mentioned in a previous posting, it’s become a tradition for me to make a small copper ornament to accompany the annual holiday card. Here’s the stack of cards with their ornaments, awaiting a long weekend of personal note writing. I do have to admit that I do enjoy pausing at least once a year to appreciate the people in our lives and renew those connections.
The design of the dieformed copper ornament was inspired by a repeated stone ornament that Umut and I saw frequently in the various stone works in the Mardin area. For a variety of reasons, Umut and I are both very drawn to radial imagery, in everything from naturally growing flowers to traditional ornamental patterns abstracted from nature, and even commonplace objects like manhole covers. We don’t have any plans to use this die for any specific ÇATOM designs but there is always the possibility…
Although the following might seem a little tangential, we are really excited about this! Recently, Umut and I became aware of an ancient and very significant archaeological site about three hours from Mardin called “Göbekli Tepe” It’s now thought to be the oldest known man-made religious structure in the world and is completely changing what’s known of early human Neolithic history! Given the amount of carved stone animal imagery, perhaps there could be some connection to the ancient stories of Shahmaran. We hope to be able to visit the site during one of our future trips to Mardin.