When my son's friend asked me to make this custom set for her dad's birthday, she specifically asked for the Rastafarian colours, and said I could make any design I thought would look good. I loved the creative freedom, but thought long and hard on it because these colours all hold significant meaning:
The Rastafarian colours are red, green and gold. Sometimes black is added. These colours are chosen because:
- Red signifies the blood of those killed for the cause of the black community, throughout Jamaican history
- Green represents Jamaica's vegetation and hope for the eradication of suppression
- Gold symbolises the wealth of Ethiopia
- Black signifies the colour of the Africans who initiated Rastafari
Every colour needed to shine and more importantly, they needed to flow together as they all tell one story. I realized marbling was the way to go, but it was important the colours did not bleed into one another and lose their meaning, so I chose a specific type of resin to get the exact right consistency.
An important and sentimental message needed to shine through, so once cured I die cut the message out of a metallic gold adhesive foil and sealed within a crystal clear resin. Her father had an irie birthday ;-)