Thursday, June 18, 2009
Web of Life: Spidery Inspirations on Etsy
Handpicked on Etsy
Spider. Web. Two words we often merge into a single concept. In literature, the symbolic web gives rise to analogies such as Chief Seattle's prosaic "web of life" (see below) or poetic "tangled web of lies" referenced by Shakespeare and Walter Scott. In art, spider and web depictions run the gamut from whimsical to mystical, from literal to vaguely symbolic. These ten creations by Etsy artists reflect a fascination with the spider as creature and its captivating (pun intended) creation, the cobweb. Prices range from $15.00 to $350.00.
From top left to bottom right, these Etsy artists include: shoofly, ecohead, Shkolnik, bayly, miadesignie, ModernHouseArt, busybee, mepottery, BroadStreet, mamonknits.
*Chief Seattle delivered a famous speech in 1850, in which he stated: "Whatever befalls the Earth, befalls the people of the Earth. Man did not weave the web of life. He is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself."