I have been passionate about adornment as far back as I can remember. As a child I was mesmerized by the Egyptian wing of our local Museum, and a special exhibition on Pompeii when I was nine made a particular impression on me. Frozen in time. Weathered beauty.
At The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, I studied Art History, Stained Glass, Architecture & Metalsmithing ~ Parrish Relics are symbols of everything that has inspired me along the way.
My passion is in creating finely detailed sculptures that are then cast in the ancient lost wax method into recycled sterling silver and bronze. Each amulet is hand finished and patina is applied to create a time-worn appearance and one of a kind individuality.
Happily reunited with my first love David, constantly inspired by our home, the fairytale-like Frog Hollow. Surrounded by Nature in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, nestled in a hemlock forest beside an ever-changing stream, with our rescue dog Grady, cats Shadow and Galatea, plus a few wild friends.
visit frog hollow
As a supporter of animal rights I try to use my work to help them in any way that I can, and greatly admire the people who devote their lives to making theirs better and safer from harm. A percentage of sales from every Amulet goes to an organization that does good in the world: for Animals, for Humans & for the Environment. So much help is needed in the world that it motivates me to work through sadness, enabling my ability to donate & feel proactive rather than submit to hopelessness.
Seeking out the many people & organizations who are working towards equality for all, advocating for animals & saving our fragile Earth brings light to darkness. ("Look for the Helpers", as Mr. Rogers famously said.)
A percentage of sales from all amulets are donated to those who work to make the world a better place. Visit the #givingback page for more information and links to each non-profit, charity or sanctuary that they help.
This is my spiritual & business practice. To be Kind.
From creative materials, to packaging, to studio practices, I strive to make Parrish Relics as vegan and eco-friendly as possible, and am constantly seeking new ways to lessen my negative impact on the planet. Trying to be a Helper.
Over the years I have been lucky enough to create for some of my favorite writers, museums, the entertainment industry ~ and for romantics who daydream about Venice, obsess over flora and fauna, admire Medieval oddities, worship Pre-Raphaelite Bohemians or just enjoy a well adorned fairy tale. Head over to Relics Get Around or the Pinterest Page to see where Parrish Relics have appeared.
in the workshop
2. You may find me at at local events, mainly here in beautiful Western Massachusetts. These will be listed on the front page when planned.
3. Sometimes I create collections with Museum Shops for special Exhibitions, look for more info in the blog section!
Unfortunately I am unable to create custom orders or take commissions at this time. Will announce it here and on social media if that changes in the future. Happy to make slight changes in bead options for current available amulets, or change the length of a chain. Feel free to ask!
All amulets are hand sculpted and carved in wax or clay, then cast in recycled bronze or sterling. I clean up the castings, remove sprues, add texture, antique with patinas. Then some are set with hand-cut stained glass, finished with beadwork or chain.
credits & gratitude
graphic design print: Lisa Gill
web design: David Parrish-Hill
film / tv rep: Vicki Lynn
moral support/investor: Jerri Benoit
Music keeps me going in the studio, and has always been a big part of my life. #MusicIsMagic