Hand and Wreath As One
Designed to recognize the skillful hands for which this award is intended, the design “Hand and Wreath as One” depicts half of a Laurel Wreath, the “Alyei Dafna", meaning "the leaves of Daphne", which paid tribute or praise to the greatest achievements in politics, sports, scholastics and the arts, and the mirror-half in the shape of a hand. At the center of the design is an intense bright light, the sun, representing purity, passion and creativity.
I used gold, yellow-gold and an earth-toned brown to convey the essence, not just of excellence, but of excellence at its most basic, natural level - almost down to the elemental, the raw materials of craftsmanship and creation.
Bound together as elements in this design, the message I aspire to convey is the highest possible tribute to those who have achieved excellence through ingenuity, creativity, passion and the dedicated adherence to a rich and meaningful heritage that is handcrafting and working with handicrafts.