Friday, August 15, 2014

The Four Directions

This bracelet began with three pieces of earthy, boulder turquoise, and developed into a study of symbols. I often ponder direction as an abstract concept.  Historically I have been a person with a shockingly poor sense of direction.  I couldn't tell you why, that's just the way it is.  My lack of practical way-finding abilities has pushed me towards a fascination with all things symbolizing direction, way-finding, and it's metaphorical equivalent in decision-making.  The spiral and the cross are symbols that can be found in many cultures and spiritual traditions, both symbolizing in part the finding of the center.  In some way we are all eternally seeking balance, the center, and how to find our way in this universe.  Instead of prescribing a specific meaning to this piece, I offer it as a reflection of search for direction, whatever the beliefs and traditions of the wearer.  In seeking direction and balance we are searching for answers, the process of which is perhaps more important than the end result:)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Something Old, Something New

Lately I have revived a couple favorite designs, plus experimented with some new ones.  It has been a busy season, and the summer will once again be topped off with the Clothesline Show in Rochester, September 6 & 7.  Between now and then I plan to work like a mad-woman, with the exception of next week, during which I will be in Cape Cod for some much needed R & R.
This first design is the "something new".  This summer I started making the "framed nature" series.  This necklace is hand-fabricated using cast sterling twigs framed in sterling rectangular wire.  I like the contrast of the organic twigs with the angular frame.
The dragonfly is an old favorite.  Customers have been asking for them, so I decided to oblige.  These are lots of fun to make…..formed, textured, hammered, and carved.   This one has a pink tourmaline body.
Another old favorite is the tree design.  The other side has the stone in a modern tab-bezel.  The pendant is reversible.  This one has a carnelian agate, which is beautifully translucent on the other side so the tree silhouette shows through!