Last December Raine & I made necklaces for all the grandmas (my mommas). Raine did the crocheting & I put the beads together. This was a technique I learned from Alix Bluh of Modern Relics while at Squam Art Workshops.
Larry's mom, Karen wearing her necklace
I love the look & every time I visit one of the mommas, they of course, in true momma fashion are wearing the necklace we made for them. I gather that will never pass.
my step-mom Ellen wearing her necklace
I made this!!
I was inspired by the jewelry in the recent Sundance Catalog, primarily with Jes Maharry’s necklaces, that I wanted to create one for myself. Now the difference, of course, is she makes all her charms & I bought mine in a little bead shop in Santa Fe (which was a fun adventure in itself). I was a little out of practice with working with wire & beads, so it took a few tries to come up with this.
I call this “my true nature.” It has all the elements I feel are truly me; a blossoming flower, a flying bird, a sea turtle, different wires, all the elements, all the colors, combined to create contrast & intrigue. It was put together a bit clumsily, not perfect (I can be a perfectionist around imperfection – don’t want to offend the Gods & all) There is a swirl, showing the constant movement inward. And I love the cloisonné bead & vintage bird design – perhaps these depict my old soul-ness. Anyways, it was fun & frustrating making, but I love the end result & I’m excited to start on my next one.
My true nature necklace