Reimagined Components: Vintage seahorse, real abalone and leaf pendants strung on 26" brown leather.
1888's Take: We get so stuck in our understanding of things as humans...so much so that it's hard to believe that things could be any other way. The seahorse is one of my favorite examples of the ol' role reversal. The male of the species takes the eggs from the female and carries them to term in a pouch on its belly. Why does this make some of us feel funny? Because it's that hard for us humans to believe there could be another way...how are aliens ever going to visit us unless we get better at this...sigh.
The seahorse has the ability to sea in multiple directions at the same time, making it a wonderful symbol for seeing things both behind you (the past) and ahead of you (the future) in the same moment. Using both perspectives the clarify the decision of the moment.
When I close my eyes and think back on my own memories of the abalone, a mix of contrasting images come to mind...One such memory is from Jamestown Rhode Island. In my uncle's house I would see these enormous deep see abalone shells strewn about on almost every surface (usually used as ashtrays)...so many rare treasures I would think...made rarer still when I learned that my uncle had dawned his deep-sea diving gear and harvested them himself during his time setting up a dive school on the opposite coast. The second is learning the traditional smudging ceremony from my mother...enter a room...light the sage...walk around the space counterclockwise twice then smudge the sage out in the abalone shell...
I recall vividly the fiery oranges and reds blanketing the mountain terrain around my Vermont home. They would assuredly inspire seasonally wild imaginings as I watched them dance in the wind. And when my eyes had their fill I'd close them and shut out the pulsing array of Vermont mountain fire, so I could focus in on the distinct rustling the leaves made as they clung to their last few moments connected to their parent tree. These seemingly fragile creations of nature represent unconditional giving and strength through seasonal rebirth spending their short lives feeding their parent trees with simple sugars created through photosynthesis all while converting carbon dioxide to oxygen for the rest of us creatures to breath. Now that is what I call selfless. Luck is also associated with the leaf, because to be a leaf is to be lucky enough to have and know purpose without question. If you catch a leaf on its fall to the ground, you will absorb its life force and have luck all year.
*The brilliantly iridescent inner shell of the abalone is in stark contrast to its sea scarred outer shell making it a symbol one's inner beauty. The Shell itself is thick calcium carbonate and extremely tough. Many Native American Cultures traditionally use it as a smudge bowl & believe it holds healing properties especially with unstable emotions.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in one of our designs. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.