Leonardo Da Vinci wrote in his Notebooks: “It should not be hard for you to stop sometimes and look into the stains of walls, or ashes of a fire, or clouds, or mud or like places in which … you may find really marvellous ideas.”
― C.G. Jung, Man and His Symbols
I have looked into the symbolism of snails many times throughout my snaily journey.
When I looked up snail symbolism this time, some of the things that jumped out to me were –
The Yin (female) and Yang (masculine) energies
Spirals in Nature
Time and moon cycles.
I am just going to leave those here, I may or may not come back to them at some point and allow my thoughts and blog to spiral on each.
Fibonacci is also something I want to learn more about. Another Leonardo.
*Off I go to watch Ted Talks and ponder over Maths and Art!*
Whilst at a house party in May time this year, I rambled about snail a day to a few drunken people around the bonfire.
John Postons, one of the party guests contacted me a few days later with an idea for a snail, then a few days after that I met him in queen square and allowed him to pie me in the face, to make things fair he allowed me to pie him back.
Here is the story board – Why Mollusc you do that to me?
Isambard Kingdom Brunel has been described as a risk-taking lover of danger. Much like Brusnail if you ask me.
I started volunteering at the Clifton Suspension Bridge Visitor Centre a few weeks ago. I work on the same day as a volunteer named Ernie, a kind faced retired man in his 80’s. Last week we had a conversation about Brunel and I asked Ernie if he thought he was a Reckless Engineer like the pub opposite Temple Meads suggests?
To which he replied – “If you haven’t made mistakes, you haven’t lived.”
Whilst I was in Canada I did a course in ‘Creative Nature Connections‘ taught by Lisa Lipsett at Royal Roads University. The course sounded interesting but one of the main reasons I signed up was to meet people. There was only a few of us and we spent most of the day with our eyes closed and our fingers in a paint pallet.
At lunch time I got talking to Helga, I told her about my daily snaily and she told me about her heart a day! We become friends for the few months that I spent in Victoria. I got to see her showcase her hearts at a local gallery and spend time creating with her. Last week I received some snail mail from her and it came just at the right time. I’d been having a particularly tough morning and as I left the flat the post lady handed me the most wonderful package I ever did see.
The story of Sammy the Snail, a tale of a snail who overcomes sadness brought tears to my eyes and the card with the words ‘hahaha belly laugh’ collaged within a heart reminded me that the feelings of my morning were temporary.
I found this on Pinterest, its based on a song called snails by the format and it’s beautiful. ❤
Hello, I’m Claudia!
I have been snail paced in getting this blog underway but it’s here, and who says snail paced is a bad thing?
I have been doing snail a day on Instagram for well over a year, some days I have posted 4 snails and other days none. It’s still a process I love and one that makes me feel connected (not only by the people that have supported it but in the content the snail brings me)
I have loved creating the daily snaily and would love to share it, what better way then with a Snail Mail 365 exhibit – Send a Snail in the Mail