Raven Necklace, Once in a Blue Moon, Lapis
Sterling Silver Jewelry, Lapis lazuli, 1/2" x 1 3/4", 18" Length
What do you think these ravens are plotting under the full 'blue' moon? Ravens have more vocalizations than any other bird species and they dominate our Alaskan skies especially in the winter. I love to watch their death-defying aerobatics as they catch an updraft and flip upside down and back again. We have had a number of nests in our village of Ester. The young are very vocal and when they fledge are like a tribe of young juveniles out lookin' for trouble. The inside of a raven's mouth is bright red until they reach adulthood. Ravens also have roosting trees where they congregate at the end of the day. My raven necklace is purposefully oxidized to a matte black finish and sealed with an acrylic coating to protect and prolong the finish.
I love to design. Wherever I walk, I am always looking for ways to capture the natural world in a piece of jewelry. I owe my talent as an artist to my maternal grandfather, Erland Waastrom, a Swede who immigrated to this country in the early 20th century. My grandfather was a visual artist. He painted versions of old masters in oils and even recreated the Mona Lisa in pastels! He was also a sculptor and worked in various mediums, including metal and wood. One time he carved a tree root, capturing the image of an embracing couple beneath a grape arbor. I believe that I have carried his love of art and creativity forward through my design work.
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