Relic of Blenheim

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Relic of Blenheim
Assemblage of found objects
Reliquary for a toenail, quartz crystal, bird feet, cameo of woman with wounded bird
In jewellery box.
by Dale Copeland, 2016

Anyone who was there can tell the story.
A madly energetic two-day Taekwon-Do master class.
In Blenheim, a New Zealand South Island town.

All of us jumping up and down onto benches/steps/bleachers
(why are they called 'bleachers'?)
Then a Master on the floor. With the nail from his big toe. Separately.

Nurses tending the foot, students watching concerned,
and me exulting over my new treasure.
Isn't it beautiful?

Dale's studio can be found at Puniho,
Surf Highway, Coastal Taranaki, New Zealand

More of her artwork, and the books she makes, can be found on her site at
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