Old and New Rings

For this series of posts I’m trying to make connections to historical work.  Given some wire and tools to work it we seem to come up with designs that, although we may not know it at the time, are rooted in the past. As we smugly admire our own creative genius there is the niggling notion that it’s already been done and it usually has. The examples here are a case in point. A single piece of precious or non precious wire is formed into a circle and the ends twisted around resulting in a kind of slip knot. Rings of this style have been commonly found in Viking graves and hoards of the 9th and 10th centuries.

old and new, viking ringold and new, medeival_ringold and new, sliding_knot_ring

There is common humanity in these forms, old and new. The pleasure from manipulating materials through folding and twisting produces this simple aesthetic which pleases us.

This is my take on this design.

old and new, my copper_rings

Have a look on my Pinterest board for more.

Thanks to Fae for the photographs which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic licence.

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