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Antique Inspiration: Lover’s Eyes Miniatures

I just read an article in Salon that captured my heart. It’s about a new exhibit in Alabama that depicts ancient love tokens once exchanged by rich European lovers, the “eye miniature.” Because they only feature a hand-painted image of an eye, it’s practically impossible to identify whose enigmatic gaze is peering back. It’s an obscure tradition, but one that is still pursued to this day.

I adore antiques on so many different levels: they are a gateway into our past, feature craftsmanship often long-abandoned, source materials that are often impossible (if not illegal) to use, and are a fantastic inspiration for contemporary craft and design.

Here’s more about this very particular art form:

http://www.salon.com/2012/01/21/the_secret_history_of_lovers_eyes/

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