A pendant for the earth
My Kickstarter Campaign launches on February 11, to raise funds for the equipment to produce the EarthHeart pendant in quantity. Both the Ojai Valley Museum and The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts have agreed to distribute EarthHeart with a portion of proceeds going to climate change initiatives. I plan to give half my profits from the EarthHeart project to the Climate Change Museum in New York City.
Inspired by the 2017 Thomas fire in southern California, EarthHeart came about when I pondered what it meant to potentially lose my home. Resolving to be passionate about my life in every moment, I created EarthHeart as a way to give back to the earth.
To get more people actively involved in controlling climate change by having EarthHeart serve as a symbol for people to recognize and rally around. And, to raise money for groups already active in working on climate change challenges.
An international, award winning metal/jewelry artist with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University. Her work has been featured at the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Through the Ojai Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts, “The Triangle Dress was displayed at SOFA Chicago in 2018. She was featured in Intersection: Art & Life by Kevin Wallace published by Schiffer Publishing in 2018 and Chain Mail Jewelry by Terry Taylor and Dylon Whyte published by Lark Books in 2006,. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers.
From the age of 7, I developed a deep connection to nature. My family moved to 8 acres of land in central Illinois. Surrounded by farmland with few neighbors, I sought refuge in being alone in nature. A special tree was my haven where I could feel the wind in my face, hear the birds, and oversee everything. It nurtured my strong intuitive side and my ability to take notice of seemingly incidental details: the way the texture of the bark feels in my hands, the amazing delicacy of a hole in a leaf. Details for the beginnings of an artist and a big surprise for my parents as I decided to pursue an art degree.
After graduating with my M.F.A., I moved to Chicago where I married, divorced, and married again; this time to the love of my life. That first divorce led me to discover myself thru therapy. Yoga came into to brighten my soul and keep me calm – I still practice. Tai Chi Chih also came into my life and I became a certified instructor. The idea of having my own business in the arts came into being. In January of 1993, just before I was to appear in my first show the following month, my father passed away at the age of 56 of a heart attack. The shock of it pushed me to seek out a strong spiritual path. More than one spiritual healer appeared magically to help me deal with my father’s death.
The nourishment of my inner self brought me to Ojai, where I began to create one of a kind dresses and clothing from stainless chain mail, in addition to my jewelry. Women who tried on my creations said they felt confident, bold, ready to take on the world. I began to have a deeper understanding of what I do with my artwork and thought, “What if I could bring that feeling of empowerment forward for others in a new way.”
And, we will give 50% of the profits from our direct sales of EarthHeart to the wonderful Climate Museum.
The EarthHeart Kickstarter Goes Live February 11th
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