The poppy has been a symbol of remembrance of those who have given their lives to preserve life. Read more about the history and the link between the poppy and World War One. This year is the start of the 100th Anniversary of World War One.
I'm in a state of transition. Life is changing faster than I have anticipated. It's all good, but sometimes can be overwhelming. My daughters are becoming beautiful, independent young women. My youngest is a senior this year in homeschool high school. This is her last semester, then I'm out of a job. My oldest daughter in her second year of college has a beloved who she is serious about, and I see my relationship with my girls changing.
With more and more time on my hands, I've been able to concentrate more on jewelry making. I have been selling more of my handmade jewelry not only online, but also wholesale to different shops in three different states. This is a natural progression I suppose for doing business and life. One phase of life ceases and another takes its place. I'm in the middle of a studio remodel so that this summer I can be consumed with creating. Maybe it will keep my mind off these changes, these transitions. I'll post before and after pictures when it is done later this month.
Sometimes I am at a loss for words. What can I name this piece that seems to speak to me so loudly. Then at other times, the name comes before the piece is even designed. The kingman turquoise stones pictured in these rings, I've had in my collection for about a year. They kept calling out to me. I'm of Osage heritage so all things Native American calls to the very depths of my being. Turquoise stones speak the loudest, and these stones with their green and brown pattern speaks about the land and the valleys of my people. My Osage ancestors came from the Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas area and were moved to the Osage reservation in Oklahoma in the 1870's.
I made these rings in honor of my Osage grandmother (pictured as a baby in first photo) who instilled a passion within me for my heritage when I was young. The band on both rings are textured with switchgrass from the Kansas prairie which I thought fitting for the stones.
Land of My People
The piece, Osage Prairie, will be sent off to The Willa Cather Foundation gift shop in Red Cloud, Nebraska this month. And the ring, Land of My People, will be listed in my shop soon.
So...HA.KO^ WA.VCY^.LA TA^.VE, translated: What's on your mind?
UPDATE: My Osage grandmother died just today on May 5th, 2013. May she see the face of Jesus and all our ancestors that have gone before her. Love you, grandma.
As I've grown as an artist and have settled in on a style, I felt the need to come up with a logo that reflects that change. I'm getting away from the Kit and Caboodle Shop name and slowly moving toward using my own name, thus, the use of my initials, GD, as a logo. Since I'm most inspired by nature, and plants specifically, the logo had to have a nature or plant theme. The above logo is what I came up with. I use a form of this on the backs of some my jewelry pieces now and will be looking into using this on all of my pieces in the future. It is all part of my journey in establishing my identity as an artist. No more identity crisis. :)
Now that the warmer weather is enticing new growth on the Kansas prairie, I'm excited to be outside looking for new textures and grasses to use in my jewelry designs. I've purchased my favorite molding compounds and am ready for whatever I may find to make a good mold. I have found that some flowers and grasses do well for mold making because they are more rigid than those that are more delicate. Also it depends on the molding compound I use. My Silicone Puttydoes better than the Model Air Dry Modeling Clayin making molds of delicate objects. For more information and a tutorial in how I make my molds click here.