I started this in mid-2004 and it stagnated while I fussed with the design, until I ended up putting it away for four and a half years. I finally dragged it back out a month ago and started taking it apart and reworking the design to include more interesting and suitable beads. This is the first time I've been able to see it hanging up, and aside from the strings which still need trimming and hiding, I'm ready to call it finished.
It's inspired by the online game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, which I have been a passionate fan of since its open beta days in 2003.
The picture is representative of the view of the enormous monument called Kerath's Arch, which serves as the gate to a stalactite-bordered harbor in a glowing subterranean lake in the cavern of D'ni. It also incorporates the hand symbol which is prevalent in the design themes of the culture. The step-like architecture of the main city and its lights are symbolized by the shallow arches climbing the sides of the curtain.
I wanted the design to be sort of folk-artsy, as well as a reasonably accurate depiction of the harbor. I like to imagine a curtain like this in use in a D'ni household, and it's easy to pretend that this is an actual artifact recovered from the city.
(More pictures in my gallery)