|Garden Party by Adina Ispas
Pene de Măiastră, 2011
The word “paradise” originates in Persian, meaning “an enclosed garden.” I gave this set to a couple living on the Welsh-English border who hosted me during a conference in 2011. There is an interesting connection between my design and the Númenor-Atlantis illustration above the fireplace, even though this was my first visit to their home. Being told that my host’s other Tolkien illustrations were inspired by Persian art, I began delving into Persian history for the concept of the Returning King. In those days I was hilariously unhappy with finding dual or opposite meanings in the same symbol, before I understood what such paired inversions were communicating to an ancient audience.
“Garden Party” (foreground) pictured as part of an interior in Wales, with other items from the owners’ collection. Below as it was featured in the Anno Mundi art gallery.