The Redwood Hoops
I am head over heels in love with these hoops that I made in honor of the Redwoods.
Redwoods, to me, are the heart of the forest, the most resilient wood, with their ability to protect its heart wood from fire, and come back and spread fresh and new growth after trauma. To honor them I’ve hand fabricated a large hoop earring, for a gauged ear, out of 10g sterling silver. A diamond of redwood bark, found already fallen off a tree in Santa Cruz, has been rest in a 14k gold bezel. A fine silver redwood branch of new growth frames the bark on either side, each of the buds in 24k gold. The gold running through the piece is their as a reminder that our growth and repaired damage adds to our strength, beauty, and value.
The hoops have a diameter just shy of 3", and weigh just shy of 1oz (or about 26g) each.
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. The first two to be released will be The Forest, and The Ocean, on October 23rd, when the Sun enters Scorpio (a time when we learn about the balance between light and shadow). 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.