There's that desert moon I grew to know amongst the clouds out west, on the road, to and fro across the country on silvery nights with the long stretch of jet wings aside and the twinkle of life below. The shimmer of heaven above.
There's the Strawberry Moon in June here in the south, named for the short harvest season of the fruit we grits so enjoy. Many call it the Rose Moon. Some just forget her name altogether.
The spring harvest.... it seemed short this year. The tobacco erupted into rows of pink-topped leafy mounds, the cotton has nearly blossomed in purple abandon before the stems dry and the blossoms give way to the white puffs of late summer. The heat has layered itself into a heavy blanket of humid heaviness across the fields. Where are the tender sprigs of promise? Where are the green tomatoes on the vine? Spring seems to have skipped us this year... only the strawberries are proof of that short Strawberry Moon harvest.
Life changes so fast. Children grow. We evolve. I bite down and let the juices flow freely down my chin. Strawberries.
This is a light approach to a self portrait in metal. Full of bounty, rich, colorful, complex, this necklace is admittedly loud. Rough edges and raw cuts paired with polished surfaces and shining facets bring a sort of balance to the piece. There are old and new elements here- old soul vintage coral and freshly cut Kingman turquoise merge with the flash and fire of labradorite and rutilated quartz. The piece suggests Native American, after the people who dubbed the term "Strawberry Moon".
In the past three years, I've grown into twice the woman I was when I began this business. Growing to care more about other artists, the communal wellbeing, the budding entrepreneurs and metalsmiths, the work as "art" rather than a product or service to sell... I've given birth to the fruits of labor, to the effects of pain and fear, and to my confidence.
This is my own harvest. My own Rose Moon.
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Solid Sterling Construction.
100% Built by Hand.
Necklace measures up to 18.5" in length.
Central "Y" portion measures an additional 7.5" in length.
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