Sunday, November 20, 2016

Milestones

I have two bits of exciting Elements & Artifacts news! 

First, today I reached 5,000 sales—a hard-earned number given the one-of-a-kind and limited run, handcrafted, and concept-based nature of my work. Since 2005, I have sent my work to over 28 different countries, sold my work to benefit human rights organizations and relief efforts, had two (going on three) pieces on TV shows, and carried work in two museum gift shops and an art gallery. I wouldn't be here without all of you, so THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.



Second, my Indigo Hour necklace appeared in Season 8, Episode 5 of the hit TV show The Vampire Diaries, which aired on The CW on November 18, 2016. The episode is titled "Coming Home was a Mistake". It was worn by Kristen Gutoskie's character Seline. 


Friday, November 18, 2016

Artist's Statement: Ask the Moon to Come


This collection, more than any others, holds deep personal meaning. Ask the Moon to Come ties together threads and memories from my childhood. It connects with a beloved Lady in the Moon story-turned-meditation that has been a longtime comfort, a source of insight and wisdom, and a beacon of hope in dark times. As I was developing the concepts for these pieces, the breath-taking meaning behind Sara Bareilles’ song Satellite Call came to mind and was integrated alongside other inspiration found in Rumi, Hafiz, Sappho, Pablo Neruda, and more. 


Put your thoughts to sleep,
do not let them cast a shadow
over the moon of your heart. 
Let go of thinking. 
—Rumi

This collection further brings together personal explorations, Self-work, mindfulness practice, and creative research that I’ve done across several years, starting in Portland and continuing to present day. It draws on the idea of the moon as a symbol of introspection and drawing inward, of the interplay of light and dark, of dreams and archetypes, of the heart, of cycles and patterns found in life, and more.

This collection also connects to the development of my concept-based artwork. Most notably is the body of work by author Marina Warner, a mythographer and historian known for her writing on feminism, art, history, and especially myths; she draws fascinating connections between these things and shows why some stories and depictions hold such deep meaning or significance. Additionally, Joseph Campbell’s Hero With a Thousand Faces delves into the reasons that people revisit, retell, and add their own creative voice to the myths. I learned of past beliefs, folk takes, moon spirits and myths with the addition of The Encyclopedia of Spirits by Judika Illes.



Lastly, this collection draws upon more than one area of my art background: ink illustration, graphic design typesetting, and traditional printmaking techniques (relief printing/intaglio) were adapted into my jewelry techniques. Flammarion’s 1888 star/meteorology engraving served as an anchor for the moon pieces and was used to imprint several pendants in this collection. 

Perhaps this is all superfluous compared to the visible, tangible pieces or personal connections that the viewers will make themselves, but it’s rare that I really dig deep to outwardly share my art process. I felt compelled to communicate the meaning behind this one since it has been a profound experience to research, develop, and create. 


Awake my dear.
Be kind to your sleeping heart.
Take it out
Into the vast fields of Light
And let it breathe.
—Hafiz

There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it.
—Rumi

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The full collection (including sold work) can be viewed on Flickr.