Birds and everything about them dominate art. Everywhere I look I see them in collages, paintings, stamps, pretty much in art of all kinds. Have you ever wondered what it is about birds, eggs and nests that have us all swooning with creativity? I do, because I swoon....there is just that indescribable something about a perfectly stamped bird, or an egg image with its speckled beauty...that makes me what to pick up a paintbrush, or choose complimentary paper and fabric. My mind begins to swirl with ideas. Hence, this necklace.... I found beautiful beads in a little shop in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada, when I was visiting my new grandson. They reminded me of sweet Robin's eggs, so when I got home I began piecing together this expression of spring, creativity and remembrance. I have had that watch head for over 25 years. A very dear friend gave it to me. Her name was Hannah, and at the time she was 95 years old. For some reason, when I made this piece, this watch head that has been moving with me from house to house, was finally ready to have it's own home.
I had to think about this. Why this piece of jewelry? I realized that Hannah represented independence and creativity to me. She lived alone, recently learned to play the accordion, gardened, and made maple syrup from a tree in her front yard! I was mesmerized by her and her stories of her childhood. Also, it was when I was living in Sault Ste. Marie that I met and developed a friendship with her. Hannah eventually died around the age of 104. So I dedicate this necklace to her. Thank you Hannah for inspiring and enriching my life.
As for why we connect so sweetly with birds, I still wonder. I have ideas, and maybe in another post I will continue this conversation. If you have any ideas about why, please share your thoughts. Thank you for listening. Hugs to you all. Terri