I've started the work.
I'm going home to my roots.
I'm studying my turquoise stones wondering how to use them. I pulled out my leather and laid it in my lap. I ran my hands across the grain. I smelled it's sharp rugged smell.
It's going to take some time. Some careful thought and meticulous craftsmanship.
I'm trying to tap into my Great-great-grandmother's moxie. Surely she passed some down the line?
I'm giving myself all Summer.
I sat at my bench and held my ball hammer in my palm. I arranged my blades and mallets.
I thought about what I want this collection to mean to me. What I want it to express.
I decided it was beauty in strength.
I want to honor my grandmother and other woman who settled the west. I want to honor their strength and to see if I can emulate that strength in my own life.
I'm calling this jewelry collection Janie Jackaroo.
It will be ready to debut this Fall. Stay tuned.
most images from here.