I was selling at an outdoor market last summer and a woman approached my booth. After looking at my jewelry for a minute she remarked, “I have so many pair of earrings.” We discussed how some pieces of jewelry should be treated like clothes. When you need to go through the pile and get rid of some you do. You give away what you aren’t using and then start over collecting more. It’s a great idea if you can follow through.
Today I was thinking about this idea again and the permanence of things. How we get attached and hang on weather it be people, ideas or material things. What if a piece of jewelry wasn’t a permanent object? What if you could only keep it for an undetermined amount of time and enjoy it knowing it won’t last forever? What if I created some pieces with bits of nature? An object that may lose its color or stability over time. It may hold up longer than expected but go through some changes along the way. Each stage could be treated as a new piece or a new phase of the piece or the same piece with a different look and feel.
So I did some experimenting with this idea. Starting with pine needles from a Bull Pine tree I made my first piece of jewelry using natural materials. This was a great piece of material for my first project because the pine needles were fresh and flexible. The first pair of earrings I wrapped silver wire around the needles and in between to hold the pieces together. The second pair I used the needles themselves as a lashing material and for the ear wires. Overall it was a satisfying exploration. The needles dried and faded as I had expected.
What's an item you couldn't live without?