it is important for me to create the anatomies of my jewelry with vintage and antique elements as i have always been interested in the memories these haunted items have. each time we own and use something, i believe a part of ourselves, particularly our emotions, and our era becomes imprinted on it. i feel this belief is especially potent in pieces that are older or charged with spirituality such as vintage rosary beads and animal bones i purchase mainly from native americans, who often use bones in their jewelry for spiritual purposes. the addition of semi-precious stones and knives are meant to illuminate the idea of the jewelry being psychic armor, as the stones carry special meanings and soothing powers while the knives are meant to quite literally protect its wearer or serve as a metaphor for it.
by adding these layers of age and spirituality by way of the surrealist spirit of assemblage is then coupled with my romance with language as i often create histories for the pieces based on literature, mythology and histories both real and exaggerated. each piece begins from the same place all my other work is rooted; the dark and complex feminine experience and the duality of our inner and outer landscapes, as the jewelry serves to be worn outside the body but meant to resonate with our inner lives. it is from this focus that I choose the name of 'blood milk' ;the idea of our life forces having a macabre tone as well as one that is nurturing and rooted in the female body.
so! i want to say thank you to every one who has ever bought a piece of jewelry from me or has given me encouragement, or has read my blog, its been an amazing year! to say thanks i want to also offer my first giveaway...... a custom piece of blood milk jewelry. the winner and i will communicate their interests and beliefs and i will make a special piece for her/ him based on these conversations. the winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, June 6th. To enter, just leave a comment to this post!