What is amulet jewelry?
To me, it is the idea that adornment is more than just pretty jewelry to wear, but something that has meaning. Holds power.
At least in the way that it keeps close what you hold dear, what gives you strength, tells the story of what you are passionate about.
Years ago I applied to sell my work at a small local artist co-op in a favorite tourist town nearby, dreaming of a place to be a few times a month to get out of studio clothes, put my rusty social skills to use (feral me!) and most importantly to get to know other artists, be a part of something- that social camaraderie missing from a solo artist’s business life.
I dropped my work off at the desk, and two weeks later I got a call that it was rejected due to two factors:
– one being that the price points were higher than what they mostly sell (understandable) and the other was that they were uncomfortable having to explain to their customers what “amulets” were.
That rejection still stings a bit, but I've learned that it is better to use these moments when hurt to reflect instead of internalizing. To take constructive, positive action.
Thankfully soon after I found what I was seeking, even closer to home. I joined the vibrant Hilltown Arts Alliance and take part in our yearly Hilltown Open Studio Tour with nearly 30 other talented artists. This is something I had always dreamt about, having an open studio event, and never expected to land in the perfect place for one, these scenic foothills of the Berkshire Mountains of New England. 2022 will bring our fourth year this October, last year's event was our most successful and we hope to make this one even better. Hope you can join us.
history & inspiration
Some of the of exhibitions, jewelry and objects that have lit the path forward on this journey.
Years ago my mom gifted her charm bracelet to me.
Looking at all the details and moving parts sparked a lifelong pursuit of jewelry-making with deep meaning & sentiment.
My father put a tiny "Love Note" to my mom inside the little silver mailbox but was lost over the years.
Everything is ephemeral.
Photographed with Dr. Doolittle, another inspiration. Still wishing I could talk to the animals, and always try to help shine a light on those that help not harm.
amulets & talisman
symbolism & beasties
archetypes & icons
these three people have been the biggest influences on what I make
I am also incredibly inspired by music, it affects me so deeply and sets the mood in my workspace.
thank you for reading
questions or comments welcomed