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Ask the Moon to Come
Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking. (—Rumi)
Over the years I have released several collections that focus on different aspect of the night sky, constellations, the moon and its phases, moon spirits, dreams, and introspection. Ask the Moon to Come is the most recent collection and is, by far, the most cohesive.
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.
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 more 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.
There is a moon inside every human being. Learn to be companions with it. (— Rumi)
Let Go - Rumi
The Moon of your Heart
The Use of Night
The Night's Unruly
By the Light of the Moon
Count the Stars
I Have Loved the Stars too Fondly
The Moon Shines Bright
Bees hold a special meaning to many cultures across time and geography. No matter the origin, the most commonly held belief is that the bee represents the human soul. It is selfless, immortal.
The Beekeeper series is one of the longest running themes in my work alongside moons, stars, and the ocean myths.
Hand sculpted silver honeycomb components, metalwork, hand forged wire, and honey-warm gemstones are woven throughout this ongoing series.
At the Garden Gate
Moons of Jupiter
It was as though the sky had silently kissed the earth, so that it now had to dream of sky in shimmers of flowers.
The air went through the fields, the corn-ears leaned heavy down the woods swished softly— so clear with stars was the night
And my soul stretched its wings out wide, flew through the silent lands as though it were flying home.
This Moons of Jupiter series features metalwork sterling silver or copper wire settings, each of which hold a one-of-a-kind Beadles (beadles.de) lampwork moon focal created by Gail Kops. Some moon focals were two-sided and could be worn with either side facing outward: the full moon, or the crescent moon. Each moon has a starry zircon companion in the sky that shines brighter than the hinted myriad of stars in the indigo night.
The oaks and the pines, and their brethren of the wood, have seen so many suns rise and set, so many seasons come and go, and so many generations pass into silence, that we may well wonder what the story of the trees would be to us if they had tongues to tell it, or ears fine enough for us to understand.
I have oft revisited trees in my work—from Yggdrasil the World Tree, to roots, branches, leaves, and dryads (tree spirits).
In Moss-Deep Forests
Forsaken Leaf of Shadow and Flame
Kraneiai, Spirit of the Cherry Tree
The Oak Queen
Balance: Mandalas and The Four/Five Elements
To the elements it came from Everything will return. Our bodies to earth, Our blood to water, Heat to fire, Breath to air.
Empedocles was a Greek philosopher who established the presence of four magical elements. These four elements were referred to as "roots" and were identified by the mythical names of Zeus, Hera, Nestis, and Aidoneus. Additionally, Aristotle added aether as the fifth element, the quintessence.
These open mandala style pendants were handcrafted out of sterling silver with a myriad of gemstones to represent the elements and seasons.
The Four Elements
The Five Elements
The Five Elements
Autumn Sun Mandala
Seawater Relics and Ocean Myths
When winds that move not its calm surface sweep The azure sea, I love the land no more. (—Moschus)
I have revisited ocean myths three times, each time exploring the depths of the sea, oceanic myths, sea creatures, and the expression of the sea's primordial chaos.
I am the Sea
Psyche / Transformation / Metamorphosis
Psyche exemplifies a woman's search for authentic personal growth, a reminder that the integration of our experiences, however sad or frightening they may be, matures and transforms us, much like the symbol of the butterfly emerging into the light from its dark cocoon.
I began to explore this overarching theme about ten years ago, revisiting it at various turns along the way.
I Dreamt I was a Butterfly
I Dreamt I was a Butterfly
The Glasswing Butterfly
Whisper of the Moth
The Otherworld / Seasons
I base much of my work on the seasons and life cycles. I like finding the balance point between light and dark, cold and warmth. I love observing the subtle shifts of the earth—and also within ourselves as we transition not just between the months and years, but also through different phases in our lives.
The Otherworld serves as a journey into fantasy, allegory, metaphor, and myth. Since my creative work so often centers on myths and the ebb and flow of the year, the following quote from The Hero with a Thousand Faces sticks in the forefront of my mind. The author delves into the reasons that people revisit, retell, and add their own creative voice to myths:
"...while all stories have already been told, this is not a bad thing, since the retelling is still necessary. And while our own life's journey must always be ended alone, the travel is undertaken in the company not only of immediate loved ones and primal passion, but of the heroes and heroines—and myth-cycles—that have preceded us."
The Sun's Crescendo
Chasing Fireflies at Night
Eos, Goddess of the Dawn
Bridge of Souls
Nicnevin, Queen of Elphame
LGBTQ / Rainbow / Chakra Set
Gate to the Otherworld
Words and Poetry
Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray. —Rumi
These handcrafted fine silver bracket bracelets were typographically set, laser cut onto an imprint plate, imprinted onto metal clay, fired, polished, antiqued with a high-contrast oxidized finish and a distressed “paper texture” finish to the surface of the silver. They were embellished with silk yoga wraps.