I have been going back and forth for a while as to if I should write a post like this or not. Well here it is. It has taken me almost a year to finally feel confident with my own, beachy-bohemian aesthetic. My biggest inspirations include the sea, vintage, nature, native american culture, and now yoga. Yes, my style has changed a bit, grown a bit, and evolved a lot. I grew up in coastal Delaware, with the ocean being a HUGE part of my life. I started collecting shells, seaglass, pottery, feathers, driftwood, etc from the beach at a very very early age. When I lived in Puerto Rico I taught myself how to wire wrap, although I always had my eyes on setting the glass in bezels. My aunt recently sent me pounds of seaglass we collected on a trip to Maine when I was only about ten years old. Native American culture has ALWAYS been an inspiration to me, attending the Nanticoke Indian Pow Wow nearly every year growing up. I have always been drawn to turquoise, wampum, arrowheads, cowrie shells, and the overall appreciation for mother earth. I feel more than honored to be able to create my own pieces with these mediums, often fusing them together to create one of a kind Mermaid By Hand Pieces. Being a rock and shell collector for many years, I am so grateful to have a very talented artisan back east (who found me on instagram!) from whom I purchase all of my wampum from. I learned many of my techniques (my usage of patina, the hammered look, among many) from my amazing teacher at the Art Academy of San Diego, who’s aesthetic is very vintage and Mexican inspired. I understand that you cannot own or claim an aesthetic (although I have come across some jewelers out there who try to) but I just want to put it out there that I have worked my butt off the past year to really come into and create my own, BEACHY BOHEMIAN, aesthetic. This year, I am making some changes, incorporating different metals, and offering some more delicate and dainty pieces (stackers rings, for example) to the collection as I have had some input from customers saying I did not have enough “staple,” dainty pieces. Last but not least, I just want to say that everything I create comes from my heart and I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes:
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
Some older pieces, recent goodies and a few SS14 sneak peeks! (basically everything you’ve already seen on instagram! ha ha) Oh, and I obviously have a current obsession with the way seaglass, opal, and turquoise looks together 😀 The perfect beachy, boho combination!
Have a beautiful week everyone, and sorry for the long rant.