The Crescent City Shawl Pin
This piece was something I’ve always wanted to make for myself, but lucky y’all get to have one first! This is a shawl pin, it can be used specifically for decor, but also practically for closing scarves or sweaters without buttons/clasps! Practical and a statement piece all at once, my favorite kind of jewelry! This pin is comprised of a central fine silver anole skull, from an anole who found his final slumber in my yard, framed by the flora from a cypress tree that I’ve collected while canoeing on the swamps. Edged by a crescent shaped moon of the ridges of an alligator, in 24k gold! It's sterling silver spear slides into a hand hammered, textured, sterling silver oval, and rests comfortably on your lapel.
The total length from the top of the crescent to the base of the spear is 3 1/2" long, the the swampy pendant portion itself measures 1 1/4" long, and 1 1/4" across. The oval measures 2" long and 1 3/8" at its widest. Total the piece weighs .56oz (16g).
Damaged Goods - A Collection Divided
I am beyond pleased to finally begin unveiling my new works, a full collection of one of a kinds, in four parts. Likened to, and symbolizing the four elements: earth, air, fire and water; there will be collection correlating to each: The Forest, The Swamp, The Desert, and The Ocean. Which brings me to the title of this release, “Damaged Goods”. I started attempting to learn a new skill set three summers ago, and drew up the base of this collection then, but when I returned home to New Orleans I found myself deep in the darkest chapter of my life. Lots of intense trauma, and just a need for survival overpowered any ability to creatively focus on new directions. I had spent a long while attempting to keep all of my plates spinning, but many dropped. I’ve spent the last year and half very seriously working to properly mend those broken plates, which I’ve related on more than one occasion to the Japanese pottery technique of Kintsugi, the art of repairing cracks and damage with gold - to add to its beauty, strength, and value. Which is something I genuinely believe in: when someone actively works at healing their wounds, their trauma becomes growth, understanding, and more value. I wanted to use returning to this collection as a form of healing, so I applied these metaphors and techniques into my original drawings, and I adore the shape its taken. They maintain the integrity of being a true talisman of nature, made directly from materials I’ve found myself, be it the textures I use in the metal pieces or in the stones and shells I set, but also, each piece will contain that metaphor of gold bonds woven throughout to bring the wearer’s life more strength, growth, and value. I hope you treasure wearing these pieces as much I have making them.