Thursday, April 18, 2013

Father, Daughter's Infinite Love




   A father and daughter passed a polished rock between them when one was absent from the other, so they could feel the presence of the other. This was a tradition from the time the daughter was very young and didn't like her father going away ( business trips). Now the daughter is graduating from High School and going away to college. Her father came to me and asked if I could cut the rock in half and design brackets for both of them using the stones as the center piece. I took to the drawing board after I was able to cut the stone in half. He liked the idea of texture on the bands, and wanted them to be alike.I liked the idea of the infinity  signs to represent their infinite love. He wanted the rock to be set with prongs instead of a bezel. I felt that the daughters bracelet should be more feminine so I added the curved end on the prongs. He liked the ideas that I presented so I began the work. I also presented the idea of a word or saying to be stamped on the inside of the band. He liked "FOREVER". I just really was touched by the story behind the polished stone and I hope they love what I created for them.




                                                                             



Sunday, February 24, 2013

 
This piece also reflects my retirement and new journey into being a full time artist. I took a butterfly wing and placed it under glass. It is all sterling silver.

 
Collecting feathers and butterfly wings when I'm on a run is always fun, and makes a good excuse to stop.
 
Not a good photo, but it shows how I select the right feather to use and then starts the process of creating a new piece. These are some of the feathers that my wonderful sister in law sends me from her 3 parrots.

I recently retired from teaching art for 23yrs. I did this piece to represent my new approach to life. I felt a sense of Freedom not having to do lesson plans ever again. My life has taken a new road and I love it.