I remember the day pretty accurately. This past holiday season, I got into the zone one evening, thinking about what I wanted the next collection to centre around.
True to my usual brainstorming style, I dove into my collected references by some of my favourite artists. One of these figures I speak of constantly is early 20th-century artist, Jean Arp, known for his 'biomorphic' and organic forms.
I looked through the recent works I've gathered of his, and (by no exaggeration) came to a halt when I reached one painting, specifically: À travers les myrtes du rêves ('Through the myrtles of dream'), from 1960. His painting, as is true for any piece of art, is open to the viewer's interpretation. But what I instantly recognized was an abstract figure of a woman in a dream-like or transitional state.
It was the figure's absence of any clear definition (signature to Arp's style) that I was most drawn to. This is what sparked the beginning of the Female Form necklace.
À travers les myrtes du rêves (Through the myrtles of dream), 1960.
One thing I strongly believe in is the importance of recognizing that women are ever-evolving beings – restless in our pursuit of purpose, fulfillment & growth. The endless hurdles, strides, pains and joys we encounter will somehow change and mold us over time. Often for the better, if that's what we strive for.
The bottom line is: we deserve to be empowered by each of our winding journeys and critical points of growth. They make up the beauty of womanhood. This is something I'm personally navigating in my life, today.
The Female Form necklace was made to be a reflection of you, of each of us – a wearable, daily reminder of the worthwhile and beautiful journey that continues to unravel each and every day. To be worn proudly ♥
2. Sanding the pendant to achieve a smooth surface
3. Polishing & buffing the pendant to create a high-shine finish
4. Comparing the before (initial rough casting) to the final pendant