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As you probably know if you've been following my art and nature journey, last year I hid out from the pandemic in the mountains for 5 months with my boyfriend on the Appalachian Trail.
I learned many things on the adventure - about myself, relationships, empowerment, and self acceptance to name a few.
As I mentioned here, the rocks started out as my nemesis, seemingly unbearable and panic inducing.
But as I continued, I began to see them as a symbol of empowerment.
I couldn't shake this idea - I had to turn the rocks into jewelry. So... that's what I'm in the process of doing!
I've been busy carving wax into rock shapes by hand, turning a hard block into soft organic forms.
I love the idea of a rock to remind us of our inner strength and ability to overcome challenge.
But I also thought a lot about what happens when you turn over a rock... There is an entire secret bountiful world underneath.
While the rock is a great reminder of our strength, remembering that we are full of unexpected treasure is also important.
I'm carving a little bloom of flowers to go inside the rock, this way, the necklace represents both your powerhouse strength and your hidden inner talents and beauty.
Here's a little compilation video showing the wax carving process (plus my silly bug eyes through the optivisor)...
I can't wait for you to see the finished pieces! I've been ruminating on this concept since last August so I've had a lot of time to work out the details in my mind, and now, finally, I get to make them in metal.
Stay tuned... soon the waxes will be transformed into metal and then, silver and gold necklaces.
I feel so lucky that I had the time and freedom for that extended hike. The opportunity to clear my head so I could truly listen to what nature wanted to teach me, was an amazing gift.
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