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Intersectional Cuff

Intersectional Cuff with Heat PatinaLately I’ve been reading about “Intersectional Feminism.” And, while it’s a lot more detailed than what I’ll get into here, I love how it approaches things. The basic concept is that it is necessary to look at people/life/situations from a multitude of perspectives in order to understand and address a problem. It fits in well, in my mind, to the holistic approach I learned in graduate school through the diversity classes which were part of my Clinical Psychology training. None of us are “one” thing or identity. Within each of us are representations of an assortment of “identities” including gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, cultural identity (which may not match our ethnic heritage), age, etc. Any time we face a form of privilege or discrimination, it could be a response to any one or combination of these.

 

It is in the huge diversity within humanity and the world that I find beauty. I find joy and inspiration in the “intersectional.” As messy as it can feel to try to understand people and situations through this lens, I love the ways in which it stretches me as a person. It makes me grow into a better human being, even as I struggle against our societal pressure to be “one” thing (a task at which I will- always- fail joyously).

 

In this “Intersectional Cuff” jewelry piece I wanted to create a beautiful artistic representation to remind me of the beauty of intersectional identities and the infinite possibilities they can embody- even within a single person (or piece). I also wanted to capture the rainbow of diversity which intersectional identities create, and so added a rainbow heat patina to the design.

 

In my case, I hold many identities within myself. I am woman, victim, survivor, disabled, multi-racial… and my list goes on. I have been discriminated against during my life for any number of these things in isolation or combination. I have been told to pretend that some of these identities, part of who I am, do not exist…. and yet they all exist, in me, and I would not be the person I am without them or the experiences I have had because of them.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about intersectional feminism, here’s an article from Everyday Feminism to get you started!

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In the Heat of Summer…

It’s getting hot (and strangely muggy) in this part of Washington…. So, just as I do every time summer comes around, I’m having serious cravings for white or iced wine. One of my favorite white wines comes from a winery with a tasting room up in Leavenworth, so my goal for the summer is to- at some point- take a day off for a road trip to buy a bottle of wine and bring it back for a wonderful candlelit dinner and some quiet time with my sketchbook….

But, meanwhile, I’ve got thoughts of white wine preoccupying my brain and it’s oh so distracting!

Sorting through a recent bead order, I discovered two Swarovski crystals which were immediately claimed for this new design…

These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! ;)
These Tendrils of the Vine Link Earrings feature Swarovski crystals on Argentium silver wire. A perfect pairing for your next wine tasting! 😉

 

They made me fall into a daydream of beautiful summer afternoons with a nice white (maybe an iced) wine! Since I only had enough crystals in this color for a single pair of earrings I had to make them count, so I paired them with one of my personal favorite designs from the Tendrils (of the Vine) Collection. With the Argentium Silver wire leaf swirls, handmade silver head pins and bright crystal colors- I’m having a wine craving just looking at them! These are being saved for next week’s delivery to Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards, but you can find the Siam version on Etsy here.

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Port of Inspiration

When it comes to wineries, I’m happy to mix business with pleasure. A recent stop at Ellensburg Canyon Winery/Cox Canyon Vineyards to drop off their first installment of consignment inventory gave me the opportunity to taste some absolutely wonderful wines. While all the wines had distinct character, I was still a little hesitant when Continue reading Port of Inspiration

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Blessings for Prosperity

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I’ve always loved the idea of jewelry pieces with stories or meaning. Some people wear jewelry with prayer boxes, others wear charms with great symbolism, and many choose stones based on their attributed powers or meaning. While many (even most!) of my designs Continue reading Blessings for Prosperity

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Spring Cleaning!

Butterfly Sundries is getting ready to wrap up a Spring Cleaning extravaganza. For my loyal Facebook fans, many of the designs I intend to discontinue this year became available at exclusive discount prices (quite a treat for them, as I rarely offer sales, discounts, etc.) to help me clear out space for new 2014 inventory and designs.

 

It was quite an experience going through my inventory and listings while preparing for the sale. Reviewing my old(er) listings gave me a chance to appreciate how my vision, skills and interests have evolved over the years.

 

When I first started making jewelry, my focus was on beadwork. While I was never ambitious enough to bead on a loom (though I have such admiration for artists who do, just the thought of doing so makes me feel like my brain is in knots), I enjoyed creating layered necklaces with interesting focal points.

 

I love shells- and these, in particular, always inspire me and capture my imagination. I particularly enjoy the gold highlights and I wanted to enhance them in a design. Complementary beads which emphasized the highlights in long flowing strands remind me of sun-kissed ocean waves... I imagine these shells to be among the treasures of mermaids and Poseidon.
I love shells- and these, in particular, always inspire me and capture my imagination. I particularly enjoy the gold highlights and I wanted to enhance them in a design. Complementary beads which emphasized the highlights in long flowing strands remind me of sun-kissed ocean waves… I imagine these shells to be among the treasures of mermaids and Poseidon.

 

Then I played with the idea of designs which appeared to have multiple strands but involved less weight around the neck.

 

Did you know that red roses are supposed to be symbolic of sacrifice, immortal love, health, memorial and passion?
Did you know that red roses are supposed to be symbolic of sacrifice, immortal love, health, memorial and passion?

 

Eventually, I became bored with string and decided to start incorporating wire work into my beaded designs.

 

I found this lucky fish pendant several years ago, along with a twin. I fell in love with them both and I created two designs, one for each. This is the first design- and I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved making it.
I found this lucky fish pendant several years ago, along with a twin. I fell in love with them both and I created two designs, one for each. This is the first design- and I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved making it.

 

I came to feel constricted by the prefabricated beads, pendants and materials that anyone could potentially purchase and use to replicate my designs, so I decided to begin to make my own pendants which would fit my expanding vision; I found a great medium through acid-etching metal sheet with my own original designs.

 

This beautiful pendant was inspired by those women who have the courage to, despite difficult circumstance, look within themselves to find their own strength and beauty... who discover their ability to embrace their power to stand up for their hopes, even in the ugliest of situations.
This beautiful pendant was inspired by those women who have the courage to, despite difficult circumstance, look within themselves to find their own strength and beauty… who discover their ability to embrace their power to stand up for their hopes, even in the ugliest of situations.

 

 

In what new direction will my designs expand next? I’m debating between soldering and casting…. If the sale goes really well, maybe both!

 

Most of the designs above (with the exception of the Standing Lotus Pendant from the Lotus Collection) are all reproductions of older designs (I do, periodically, feel nostalgic for the mediums I’ve largely retired from my repertoire). All of them and many more are currently available for purchase at huge discounts through my Spring Cleaning Exclusive Facebook Fan Deals!

 

My loyal blog readers also have a chance to take advantage of the deals! Go to Facebook now to check out the discounts before they’re gone forever; all special offers end officially at 11:59pm PST on March 23, 2014 (But, if you send me a message and tell me you’re a blog reader, the offers will be honored through Wednesday, March 26, 2014)!

 

Also, because I’m phasing out all of the designs which I’ve made with prefabricated clasps, pendants, etc. I’ve found myself with a huge surplus of beading supplies I simply can no longer use! If you’re interested in potentially purchasing jewelry supplies in bulk at huge discounts, send me a message and tell me for what you’re looking!

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Inspired by Artist Lydia Makepeace

One of my Etsy friends and shop owners, Lydia Makepeace, has gone through a remarkable evolution in the expression of her creative voice. I first became familiar with her work when she sold (primarily) jewelry; in fact, her acorn necklace was so beautiful that it inspired my very first Etsy Treasury: “Squirreling Around… Awh Nuts!” Over time, I’ve continued to be amazed by her work as she’s given her primary focus to her paintings.

 

I have found, while our mediums are different, I never cease to find inspiration in her work. Her use of colors and textures always give me ideas for new jewelry expressions in my own work. And, her willingness to always challenge herself to new heights reminds me to strive to add new skills to my repertoire (rather than becoming too comfortable in what has become “easy”).

 

One of Lydia’s recent paintings caught my imagination; as soon as I saw it, I wanted to create an etched pendant inspired by it. Of course, I don’t want to steal her work or fail to give credit- so I tossed the idea aside and set about focusing on other projects…. until I remembered she had a birthday. Finally, an excuse!

 

Sometimes, as artists, it can be easy to wonder whether or not anyone appreciates our work. Compelled to create, but separated from those who appreciate and purchase our work, sometimes we can feel like our creations get lost in the abyss. We put all of our heart and soul into something, it sells (sometimes after a long while), and then we often won’t hear anything about the piece ever again; we simply hope that it found a home in which it will be appreciated.

 

So, for my dear friend, I decided to give her the gift of a reminder. I made for her a two-sided etched copper pendant. The front has an etched botanical pattern, inspired by one of her paintings. It’s my hope that she will always remember that her work, her voice, is appreciated.

LM Pendant

The back of the pendant has the word “inspire” with a few decorative “splotches” of paint. This side is a “thank you” for all the times she has inspired me, and the expression of my hope that she will never stop painting (or inspiring).

Back of LM Pendant

On a personal note, I can’t recommend Lydia’s shop enough; I am an enthusiastic follower of both her Etsy shop and her Facebook page! Her birthday pendant is now on its way; help me give her an even bigger gift by checking out her shop and following her on Facebook!