... to call my work Talismans?
... to imply that I am in any way tapped in or gifted?
... to imply that anything I create is anything more than mere ornament? I have no special training, I have no credentials. I'm not a healer or a shaman or a psychic.
This is some of the monkey mind chatter that's been going on in my head as I transition from working on wholesale orders to focusing full time on my talismans. And the thing is, I think they're valid questions.
But there are a few things that I do know about myself and since I'm asking, this is who I think I am ...
I am a maker.
I am motivated from a place deep in my core, a place that feels nameless, but that I know is the center of my heart and spirit.
I can't explain the origins of the impulse or inspiration for the talismans. Not long after I started making this body of work in 2008, I had a dream that I made jewelry in a past life. As I create this work, it really does feel like something remembered rather than learned.
When I'm designing the themes and then assembling the elements, I make every effort to keep my mind out of it. When I select gemstones and components, I don't choose them for specific properties or attributes. It's only after the piece is assembled that the message of the piece becomes clear.
An on-line friend makes extraordinary work that is talismanic. She is trained in shamanic traditions and has the credentials. This is what got my monkey mind going. I started thinking that I should undertake my own training - but in what exactly I wasn't sure. Then I got to thinking that what I've been doing since the very start of my jewelry making career and my very best work has come from following my intuition, my heart center ... listening to that voice from the nameless place.
It makes no sense. I can't explain it. I think that's best.
What I know and what I've experienced from day one of putting my talismans out into the world is a resonance and recognition and connection with like-hearted people. The Talismans are a conversation and a creative collaboration between me as the maker and the person receiving the piece. I can set an intention for a piece, but it is not complete until it connects with someone. That connection is like the key in the lock, the yeast and the warm water. The collaboration and connection is everything. It completes the cycle and gives the piece its power.
Who do I think I am? I am the catalyst and the medium in a beautiful exchange of love and heart-felt intentions.
l i g a - kvk
p.s. a big THANK YOU to Clara for the collaboration insight ... a key piece of the puzzle.