Reimagined Components: Real Cobra snake vertebrae on top of an antique 1800s brass dresser handle attached to a 27'' soft brown leather cord.
1888's Take: Both the snake and oval teach us about what is necessary to hold onto in life... that what we only really need are the bare essentials to navigate the world around us. Nothing more... nothing less. Both of these creations represent simplicity of design and simplicity of lifestyle in their nature as symbols. Use the tools you are given, that is to say "work with what you've got", because it's always been enough.
Growing up in Vermont I used to pick up logs or stones and pick up the black & green summer snakes that populated the woods surrounding our cabin. I remember being so amazed at their scales and simplicity of design. Yet, when they had enough of my unwanted grasp their powerful bodies would whip back and forth and more times than not, save them from further captivity.
I think the Snake gets a bad rap, but in truth it is an incredible symbol of what could be considered the most important ability one can have, adaptation. Over the eons the snake shed its appendages and re-formed to have the ultimately refined body type. The snake kept only what was needed and left the rest in the past.
~Claws, Teeth, Bones~
The claws, teeth, and bones of wild animals have historically been worn as symbols of prowess & social standing. Deep admiration was given to those who could kill the most fearsome of beasts. It's no longer a necessity for most of us to hunt for our survival, so the wearing of claws, teeth, & bones has become symbolic of overcoming great obstacles despite our fears, and connecting with our inner animal as we charge forth the evolution of the spirit.
The oval, derived from the Latin word "ovum", meaning egg, non-surprisingly is representational of the womb and reproductive cycle. It brings about the inspiration of creation and new ideas, new life.
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.