All hail the “ah ha!” moment!
This week it finally (finally!) dawned on me why I chose jewelry as my work.
Every year at about this time there is a colorful little get-together my people call Mardi Gras. And there are fantastic parades with outrageous floats. And on those floats are costumed revelers throwing out beads. Bright, shiny beads. And every kid wants these beads. As much as Halloween candy or a stocking from Santa.
We wave our hands high, hoping to attract the keepers of the beads. We scurry after strands that land on the ground. We hang each strand like trophies around our necks, which become heavier and heavier as the day wears on. Once home, we separate the strands into piles of the most (and least) beautiful and rare. We wear our beads to school and hang them on the doors of our rooms with pride.
So I think that’s the simple explanation of why I have such a deep connection with jewelry. Thank you Louisiana! Thank you Mardi Gras! (Thank you hot shower in which most epiphanies occur!)
To celebrate the carnival season, here is a dynamic collection of art jewelry in the traditional trio of Mardi Gras colors.
Laissez les bons temps rouler, y’all!
Many thanks to the jewelers whose images enrich this blog. I encourage you to visit their websites and explore more of their work.
Serena Chen, Lisa Cimino, Petra Class, Lisa Crowder, Devta Doolan, Caroline Gore, Kath Inglis, Shana Kroiz, Ruudt Peters, Robin Quigley, Uli Rapp, Brittany Sondberg, Tracy Steepy, Anthony Tammaro, Jennifer Trask, Lisa Walker, Joe Wood, Petra Zimmermann