Reimagined Components: This seed bead star and hanger components were gifted materials from our dear friend in San Diego CA. We repurposed them from their original placement rope and secured them on strong leather. We used brass lamp building components as the bail and bezel and this repurposed creation was born. It hangs on a 34" brown leather cord.
Components Found in: Bethel VT & San Diego CA
~Seed Bead~ & ~Beads~
Beads have been found on archeological digs involving early humans around the world. There is an instinct that we all share to adorn ourselves using materials from the world around us. They tell the story of where we’ve been, what we hunt, and when woven or strung in certain patterns can tell specific stories about who we are. The need to decorate ourselves and our surroundings also speaks to our innate creativity as a people and seed beading is no exception. This style of work is often associated with Native American beadwork. Beads for the Native people of the Americas are thought to have been a type of currency traded amongst each other across great distances. These beads were made from everything from turquoise and jasper in the southwest to wampum and porcupine quills in the northeast and increasingly complex styles of beading were created to tell richer and richer details.
Our imaginations have been captivated by the stars since the first sentient human looked up and wondered what those iridescent glowing orbs could possibly be. The five-pointed star has been found on mason jars dating back to 3100 B.C.E uncovered North of Thebes in Egypt. It's been etched onto ancient Mesopotamian tablets dating back to 3200 B.C.E.What makes the Star such a prolific symbol across human culture? Perhaps, its close association to the heavens or its perfect Pythagorean geometry. It represents hope, serves as a guiding light to show us the way home, and so much more.
Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc which has gained popularity because of its bright color and resistance to wear.
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.