After 10 years of working hard at my craft of art jewelry, I am ready to own it, take responsibility for it, and state my intention of what I hope it offers those that choose to wear it.
I was talking to my new neighbor, a fabulous teacher (I can just tell that she is) about how each one of us has our own particular genius. We can only find out what that is once we drop this idea of trying so hard to 'fit it' with the rest of the herd.
I call it individuation.
Jewelry says a lot, wordlessly, about the wearer.
I am hoping that those of you that want to wear what I make, are interested in showing the world how fabulous it is to be who you are. And the gifts that individuating from those that are compelled to fit in, are so much more fulfilling than stressing about deadening yourself to fit into the homogenized idea of existence that our culture, in a large part, pretends to be important.
I believe fitting in, in most respects, means ignoring and/or devaluing who you are.
My intention is that my jewelry assists your own process of individuating into the precious gem that you are. And that is the direction I am going with my work.
What does this mean?
I will be doing more one-of-a-kind pieces. I will be releasing these designs in small batches. And after that, they will be gone.
I have a few places that sell my work currently, and those places are currently low or out of inventory. I don't know if I will be adding anymore brick and mortar shops to my stockist list or not yet. I'm going to let that part of my business work itself out.
The direction I am currently moving has a lot to do with themes found in our environment. And I am enamored with metal stamps...those that form words and those that don't.
Since I have been here in my new home, I have been immersed in my own natural environment. I have finally gotten my studio set up, but there have been some issues that I've had to concentrate on to really get it up and going.
There have been delays...and the delays, in large part, have come from the friends and family that are visiting us after so many years of living in spaces that were not big enough to welcome them.
They have been welcomed...and Shayne and I are living in a much more expanded way. It's been wonderful!
The earrings above were made for one of those dear friends that have visited us. Deb and I sailed together 20-something years ago in Alaska and Mexico, and Deb introduced me to the wonders of beading while I was visiting her at her home in Seattle.
My stamp arrived while she was here last week...and as serendipity works, she is the first person to own a piece of my jewelry that I have now stamped with my name.
These earrings were made for a wedding she will be attending...and we incorporated a lot of meaning into them. Where two or more are gathered, there is that third presence too. That is symbolized with the gray pearl.
When two people combine their lives together, there is a co-mingling that I am very familiar with, having been with Shayne now for over 20 years. We share so many things...but the one thing that we both are understanding in a very visceral way is the importance of continuing to individuate even though we are always with each other.
Marriage is a great teacher to those of us that embark upon this path towards knowing ourselves. For a living relationship to reach its fullest potential, the two people involved must follow what they love to do irregardless if the other person chooses to do it or not. A relationship must breathe. We each go out into the world, have our own unique experiences and then bring that back into the relationship where that third presence exists.
That third presence needs new experiences too...it needs to continue its own mutation into something different that the two individuals bring to it.
It can't happen if both people just want to be the same. Having the same core values provides a stable foundation for the relationship, but this idea that marriage means you are just like the other person will usually kill a marriage. I've known many people that stayed in their own dead relationships for the sake of the relationship, or out of fear that they can't make it on their own; but in the process, they extinguished the light that used to glow within them.
That is too high of a price for me.
I am finding that my marriage is a coming together and a moving apart that resembles breathing. I encourage and support what it takes to fill Shayne up and he does the same with me. Only then can we share what fills us up with each other...and we are changed, which is necessary for own growth.
So, I am signing my work. I am owning my voice. I am stating my intention.