The Sobek Bracelet
This bracelet is something else! Truly drool worthy.
A STUNNING piece of Louisiana Petrified Palm Wood ((that was locally sourced from a Mom and Pop lapidary shop in Baton Rouge a couple years back, so while not hand found from the dirt itself, it still fits my desire for only using what comes naturally, from my surroundings)) sits in a shiny 14k gold bezel. On either side, insanely detailed fine silver alligator 'talons' clutch the thick 4g sterling silver bangle. This is a weighty, brutal, yet not overly flashy statement bracelet! The gold included to symbolize the beauty and strength in our imperfections, and ability to grow past our life’s obstacles.
It measures 5 1/2” with a 1” gap. The PPW cab is 1" tall and 1/2" across. The gator talons measure roughly 1 1/4" long and 1/4" tall. The bangle weighs 1.17oz (33g).
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.