Archives for March 2016

Shape Shifter

the Phenomenon

the words Shape shifter to the Native American people is mysterious and illusive.  Shape shifting occurs in their culture in dance and song , in healing and hunting.  It is quite natural for them to feel at one with the animal sounds they are chanting.  When he wears feathers or skins he takes on the graceful form and becomes that animal.

Of course shape shifter also had a dark side.  There is a story with a history as long as that of the Native Americans themselves: the skinwalkers. Witches who practiced black magic, were said to have the ability to shapeshift into any animal they chose. Such people were called skinwalkers, and if one was suspected, it was legal to kill them on sight. Skinwalkers would take the hide of a wolf or coyote, put it on, and were said to physically transform into that animal. They would appear slightly too large, disproportionate, and have red glowing eyes. They left oversized animal footprints. When in human form, skinwalkers used various spells and potions to sicken and kill those around them. And as animals, they were fierce, vicious, and bloodthirsty. Hardly any creature in the folklore of the Native Americans was as feared as the skinwalker.

I have been inspired by the lore of the Shape Shifter  for this necklace and bracelet set.

Shape Shifter

It is best explained by watching this video……………….

creating the desert in glass and metal

Blooming

Blooming – a new series

I just finished the first piece of my new spring series called Blooming.  A taste of spring from Tucson!

Blooming

This piece is my interpretation of the Phalaenopsis orchid (moth orchid)

orchid

A beautiful rose cut pink sapphire is set in sterling silver.

Strung on an 18 inch sterling chain.

Orchids have always appeared mysterious, and have therefore been the object of intrigue and curiosity of people for centuries. Ancient cultures believed magical cures for all sorts of ills could be made from the roots.

The ancient Chinese were one of the first people to use orchids as medicine, and some of the earliest paintings of orchids can be found on the oldest of Chinese vases.

Today, one of our most popular flavorings ~vanilla ~ is derived from the seed pods of orchids.

creating the desert in glass and metal

Desert Inspiration

Desert Inspiration at my house

I love early spring in the desert.  Cool evenings, warm days (but not too hot).  And life begins to bloom….  Just wanted to share some images