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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.
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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I am grateful for YOU! I feel lucky every day I get to spend in the studio, experimenting with materials, exploring new ideas, and creating art. But if it weren't for you, this work would just while away the time stuck in boxes on shelves. Share your gratitude and enter to win the perfect pearl earrings.
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