I haven’t had the time to upload the pictures of my new designs to the web site store, since that is a much more time consuming process that involves writing descriptions and such, and I need to keep producing pieces for my upcoming craft shows, so I thought I’d just keep posting a few at a time here.
Given the state of the economy, I’ve been trying to find a middle ground (price wise), so that people who cannot afford my pure silver artisan designs can still enjoy some of my smaller fine silver pendants or earrings. And of course, I keep making sterling silver pendants and earrings, not just because they are more affordable, but because I simply love to pound, twist, and solder that silver wire!
I draw inspiration from universal symbols, ethnic cultures, and the elements, but it is obvious that the moon is one of my main sources of inspiration for silver collages. Perhaps it is the feminine energy of silver? Or perhaps it is just me being a woman, but what is certain is that the moon is one of my muses! I do believe and feel its energy affecting everything on the planet, how it brings water, love, and life, and balances out all the other elements. Can you feel that, too?
Here’s a few more shots of the new designs I will bring to the Montford Arts & Music Festival tomorrow. I am just waiting for a few silver metal clay pendants to come out of the kiln today, and maybe I will have the time to photograph and post them here, once they’re finished and polished. If not, I will do it later on…
Even though they are expecting a thunderstorm tomorrow in the Asheville area, I think it’s going to be your typical mountain weather, and the festival should be fun. So come on by! Gaucho Glass and Sacred Jewelry & Yoga Designs will be sharing a booth. Stop to say hi!
I was attracted to the Hindu ethnic culture and anything Indian since I was a kid. My mother had history and art books with photographs of India and designs of tapestries and such that I always loved looking at. My first contact with the Hindu culture actually happened when I was around 11 or 12 and a very close friend of mine moved to a new house in a neighborhood where there was a Krishna temple. She invited me to check it out because they were very open to having people come by to dance and feast with them.
There was a beautiful big Ganesha statue at the main entrance that robbed my heart and got stuck in my mind forever. I didn’t know anything about the Hindu culture, or Krishna, or Ganesha at the time, but I certainly fell in love with all the colors and designs, smells and tastes, and Ganesha, of course! Little did I know back then that the Hindu spiritual culture would have such an impact in my life later on…
So my love for paisleys and Indian design goes way back… And to counteract my frustration with the somewhat failed Art Copper Clay experiments, I gave myself the pleasure of creating some paisley earrings that I wanted to share here before placing them on the web site for sale:
I added faceted Amethyst beads and a Garnet tassel, which has become somewhat of a signature for many of my designs (yes, I love tassels, too).
Working with PMC silver has always been easy and a real joy for me, so I tend to go for it whenever possible. I have been working on other gemstone designs lately, but haven’t had the time to take pictures yet. Trying to promote your work as an independent artist is so time consuming that I wish the day would be longer than just 24 hours! Plus, I am starting to get ready for tax season for the family business and my own business, and that is so much work!
Anyway, no excuses. I will get to taking pictures and uploading them to the site soon, I promise…
This is the last of my jewelry inventory (only 1 of each design left), so get them while you can!