Reimagined Components: Wire wrapped by hand, real obsidian arrowhead and antique button strung on 26" braided bronze rope chain.
1888's Take: "When we first got Reseda the 1888 Design van, we took it down to Julian California about 3 hours south east of LA and posted up on a side street before doing a little exploring. It's difficult to explain the sense of ease and joy we find from these little trips. The people we meet and engage with in a much more focused way, it seems that all experiences are new and vivid. I think this is the pure nature of travel. It forces you back into a state of learning where your mind must continually make new connections and form new memories rather than reverting to old and often tired patterns of existence... We walked into a crystal shop and after spending about 20 minutes with the lovely older woman behind the counter, she gifted us a small handful of these arrowheads found on the land for good luck... this was one of them."
Native Americans have long believed that wearing an arrowhead as a talisman is a symbol of protection, courage, and strength. Plus, It's always handy to have an extra should you need it.
This volcanic glass has played such as important role in human history…obsidian tools like blades, arrowheads and awls have been found thousands of miles from any naturally occurring geological source. This speaks of how prized this material was. Before metal was used obsidian and chert were the primary cutting material of ancient peoples. When used as a talisman for spiritual practice, obsidian is thought to keep people grounded, protected and aid in deep healing.
Buttons are filled with historic symbolism. From the beautiful mother of pearl buttons made in the 1940's by the Lucky Day Co., to those still being pulled from the earth having fallen from the uniforms of Confederate & Union Civil War soldiers alike. Wearing buttons as jewelry may have a more practical history. Perhaps, it was just a smart thing to do should one lose a button from their jacket. One could then find cause to wear a button as a symbol of preparedness, protection & backup...
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.