About Laura Flook and Rocklove Jewelry's "Hand of Valediction" Collaboration. 2012-2017
The Hand-of-Valediction i designed was greatly inspired by the large, brass, spring Hand clips I would make use of in the funeral homes I worked in, to secure Mass cards and other epistles for the Family. Therefore, I personally associate the hands with 'mourning' - which resulted in my formal designation of the hands I created as those of Valediction - expressing the parting or farewell of someONE or SOMethING.. A lost family member, friend, love, human or animal companion..Or a concept itself. a farewell to one way of life (disease, addiction, depression, fear, silence or isolation) and the welcoming of another (tranquility, happiness, marriage (OR independence), sobriety, understanding... a new state of mind and or way of life).. Old Fashioned and Traditional symbolism house a broad variety of significance in relation to hands ... Many of which draw upon similar themes ..- In the END, however, SYMBolism is a PERSONAL CONNECtion and Only YOU can decide what something means to YOU.