I don’t claim to have the answer to Life, the Universe and everything (except the one in the title, of course), but I think that we are all trying to cram so much more into our day (and in my case, well into the night).
My mantra these days is “one thing at a time” – try to do too much at once and you’ll get less done rather than more. Oh, and if things look too complicated then do something else first and let your subconcious work out the hard stuff on it’s own – when you come back to the problem then it will be much easier.
Designing and making jewellery uses more brainpower then you would first guess – I need a lot of concentration (and less distractions) to be able to get the best out of my head and into 3D form. Designs evolve as they go from my head to paper, then change again as I work and form the silver. Some things look great on the page but don’t work quite as well in real life and then I need to think again and try to find out what the piece actually wants to be.
This concept of flowing ideas and my thoughts about life came together in my “Path of Life pendants”. They curve and curl like the path of our lives – some twined together, some leading off on their own … but all unique and with a sparkle that’s like the light inside each of us.
Spirals have always been special – ever since the first carvings/paintings there have been spirals. For me, they have always symbolised life and our journey through time. Some of these pendants have reused (think reincarnated, if you will) gems – even the lowliest glass diamante can be as beautiful as the most expensive diamond, and I choose each gem with care for it’s new life (some are semi-precious, some crystal and cz, and some are vintage glass). As each one is unique, I can make them even more special by incorporating colours and shapes that mean something to the client/recipient.
You may have had hard times and need to be reminded that you have turned a corner on your life path, you may see the spirals branching off and think of the choices you have made, or you might just see no other significance than its simple beauty. Either way, please go look at them on the website and let me know what you think.