Reimagined Components: Vintage New Mexico pin, upcycled chain from an orphan earring, and a vintage silver-tone Cole National key strung on a 17'' stainless steel oval link chain.
1888's Take: I had always adored the South West, it gave me some sort of old, enchanted feeling. On a road trip headed to Chicago from LA I was most excited to drive through New Mexico because I had a feeling I'd fall in love with it just as much as I loved Arizona, the deserts of California, the red rock of Utah... but as I drove along the interstate through this new territory I came to be utterly disappointed. I didn't much but flat land, dull colors, and whatever towns through the small amount of land I had rather quickly passed by. I decided that New Mexico wasn't all that exciting and I didn't care much for it. Fast forward two years later and I found myself back in NM, only this time did I stop and stay a while. I spent about a week driving to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, exploring the vast mountains and taking a dip in glorious hot springs- really getting my feet in it this time. To no surprise, I had an entirely new outlook on the land and it soon became my absolute favorite place along my trip. I wondered what had happened here and came to realize that I gave this place no chance to show off for me the first time around. Sticking to the interstates and judging what I had seen at first glance. To really know a place, a person, a subject, you must take your time with her and explore all her different parts. There's always well beyond what lies at the surface. I like to keep this thought in mind when meeting anything for the first time. Always understanding that you will always have more to understand about something.
This desolate southwestern state was established in 1912, becoming the 47th U.S. state. Nicknamed “The Land of Enchantment”, New Mexico is well known for its incredible amount of reported UFO sightings, being one of the Four Corners of the nation, and being home to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.
A chain helps to connect one thing to another, serving a symbolic nature of unity and connectedness.
~Keys / Locks~
The right key can unlock the door to a lover’s heart, a new and bright opportunity, a once in a lifetime adventure, a chest of treasure, a deep and dark secret, or even change time itself by the winding of an old grandfather clock…
Historically, Companies like PF Corbin (known for their beautifully engraved “Carded keys”) or the Tower company (1865 founder John Tower) who was responsible for the first metal handcuff, can serve as a reminder that there is beauty in having the key to free ourselves…but taking the first step through the door is entirely up to you…one key, one lock…but what’s on the other side of the door is infinite possibility.
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.