The mortar is a bowl, typically made of hard wood, ceramic or stone. The pestle is a heavy club-shaped object, the end of which is used for crushing and grinding. The substance to be ground is placed in the mortar and ground, crushed or mixed with the pestle. Sometimes referred to as an "Apothecary Grinder" by individuals unfamiliar with its use, the proper historical name is "mortar and pestle". The mortar and pestle is usually utilized when cooking and when crushing ingredients for a certain drug in pharmacy.
The background of this particular piece is a very traditional geometric series of repeating shapes. I called the design Backroads because it reminded me of unpaved country roads, twisty and winding. I felt the symbols and background suited one another for the perfect marriage for what Jean had in mind. The colours differ but blend the two themes together and clearly tell two separate stories. It appears that Angela, graduated in 2007 is lucky on two counts; a bright future ahead and the gift of this very special rug that will accompany her on the journey.
Katie Morrison graduated from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2009. The gift of this rug is such a great way to commemorate all her hard work and I'll bet it caught attention well before the framed degree on the wall.
This pattern is one of my designs called Tip Toe Thru the Tulips, a play on words inspired of course by the choice of flower and Tiny Tim, a singer from the 50's until his death in 1996, who delightfully entertained us with a high falsetto and a soprano ukulele.
This design was a great choice for an adaptation. With permission of the University, we applied the crest in a central position and then added the wording just inside the border. The center circle was a perfect nest for the Dalhousie crest, leaving the intricate floral border intact. The background is interesting with abrashed grey and charcoal squiggles and then black for the border. This rug is striking. Another great marriage of a rich blend of colour coupled with a very balanced design, makes me believe that if perfection did exist, this rug would be a candidate.