I fell into a time in my creative life where inspiration and motivation eluded me for a while. You know how it happens … Day to day life requires too much time and attention and the creative life suffers.
I have dabbled lightly in my jewelry for the past year … however, I haven’t even kept a good record of the jewelry that I have made. I am a little disappointed in myself in this respect because I know the value of keeping a jewelry journal/blog. I often check back in on this blog only to feel like there’s such a huge gap it seems like an overwhelming task to get the blog going again. I struggle with the idea of trying to go back and fill in the ‘gaps’ before proceeding, but it seems impossible. Eventually I came to the realization getting it moving forward again is the priority and I knew that I had to just ‘jump back in’ and worry about back tracking as time allows. So, here we go … picking up in the present and moving forward.
Gifts for Green Corn 2009
Greencorn just passed recently (for those of you who aren’t familiar with Greencorn see my post from June of last year). Mark (my unofficial brotherinlaw) comissioned me to make some special pendants for his family to be given as gifts at Green Corn. He sent the focal elements of the pendants to me in the mail. When the package arrived it was a mess of claws, fur, tendon and teeth. No joke. I had to strip each claw of any fur and remove the hard leathery tendon with my trusty dremel tool. Once they were clean (which it took me some time to motivate myself to do … ewww) I was able to begin the creative work.
The items I was leastthrilled about having to wrap were the teeth. I just could not even begin to envision a way to wrap them so that they had balance. Interestingly enough, the teeth were my two favorite pendants out of the whole lot of 11 pendants. My number one favorite was for Mark’s wife, Rosialia. While I had a sense that Mark really wanted all the pendants to have a ‘tribal’ look, it just wasn’t right for Rosie. Rosie is a city girl, more comfortable in the bronx than in the middle of the woods. Something more refined suited Rosie and so i took to the task of making a simple tooth look refined, and this was the result: