Saturday, October 4, 2008

Ancestral Expressions

The November challenge theme was just announced - Ancestral Expressions.  This is, so far, a thought-provoking theme.  There are so many roads I could go down with this one!  My first thought was a Gators themed cuff (yes, as in University of Florida).  There have been 5 generations of Gators in my family, starting with great-great-grandaddy Rolfs (Peter Henry Rolfs) who was the Dean of the College of Agriculture.  In fact, the horticulture building on campus in Rolfs Hall.  Then I thought I could do an agriculture themed piece.  Or maybe something Brazilian inspired, as PH Rolfs founded an agricultural college in Brazil.

Then there's this plant pathogen, Sclerotium rolfsii that he was the first to describe.  Perhaps this picture of mitosis in the plant could be some inspiration for me. :) (Picture taken from here)
Then, there's the other side of the family.  I have some Irish roots through my grandmother, and have a grandfather who has been a professional musician for over 70 years.  In fact, I've already converted a photo of him playing saxaphone into a pattern that I might bead up for a christmas present.   

So there are my ideas so far - something orange and blue (go gators!), Sclerotium rolfsii, or Grandpa playing the saxophone.  Or something agriculture-themed.  I probably won't do something Irish themed, because I'm more intrigued by my other ideas. :)


Smadar's Treasure said...

How interesting! Why don't you try to create something that combines and represents all of your roots?
Anyway, I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Smadar :)

MyFairLadyVT4 said...

I think this theme will come up with some great ideas.

GrandmaMarilyns said...

Boy, you have some cool ideas. Can't wait to see the final entry.