Sunday, June 10, 2007
Wooden Box Purse with Owl Motif. Very typical 1970s artsy-craftsy handmade box purse. The late ‘60s and early ‘70s were a time for owl, peacock and roadrunner motifs on purses as well as clothing and jewelry. I believe this was due to the influence of Enid Collins, who used a variety of fowl in her designs. There were decoupage kits available for purchase—I have one, complete, in the box, can o’ “Miracle Finish” (shellack) and all, which you’ll see another time. This one could have come from a kit, but it looks as if it were someone’s personal creation. Owls symbolize dread, knowledge, wisdom and spirituality, but I prefer to think that whoever made this purse just thought it was groovy, man.