Everyone knows it's all about the layers in Humboldt county, especially near the coast. The weather can change from hour to hour and it's best to be prepared. I must own at least 15 sweaters and nearly as many scarves and I'm pretty sure it's the same for about 90% of the population here, so it's a wonder I've never created shawl sticks before.
When the North Coast Knittery, an incredibly charming yarn shop in Old Town, asked me to create a selection for their store I was happy to get to work. I let my imagination run wild and pulled from the themes of my existing work, botanicals, geometric forms, and a variety of textures to create a unique group of accessories in sterling silver, copper, and brass.
When the parts and pieces of the Seaside Collection come together it's magic!
A sterling silver nautilus and sea urchin pair up with a tranquil blue larimar stone, while a star fish and conch shell gather around an amazonite and fossilized coral, resulting in two one of a kind pendants that will have you day dreaming about white sand beaches and crashing waves in no time.
Black onyx, aventurine, and mother of pearl cabochons nestle in with sterling silver nautiluses to bring a tide pool treasure to the palm (or top) of you hand.
Tiny sea creatures dangling from sterling silver chain will remind you of exploring your favorite tide pool or reef.
And a stark white slice of shell, pale green aventurine stone, and a tiny silver nautilus drum up the long sunny days of summer spent beach-combing and lying in the sun.
When I'm creating new work for the Seaside Collection I think a lot about how I spend my time at the beach whether it be peering into tide-pools taking care not the slip on the rocks or disrupt the abundant life there, slowly strolling up and down the beach with my jeans rolled up above my ankles and waves swirling around my feet as I search for washed up treasures, or laying on the warm sand with a great book with bright blue waters of the Pacific in the distance, the crashing waves, call of the gulls, and warm summer sun, gently lulling me to sleep.
With these moments at the forefront of my mind I select gemstones with colors that mimic wet rocks, warm sand, deep sunsets, cool blue waters, and endless blue sky, and pair them with ocean fossils, and beach-combing finds like beach pottery, sea glass, and shells.
Carnelian, sunstone, and pyrite reflect the rich warmth of a summer sunset.
Amazonite, aventurine, and larimar mirror cool blue ocean waters and clear summer skies.
Fossilized ammonite, sea urchin, and coral bring to mind white sand beaches and rocky tide pools.
Ocean pottery, sea glass, and beach pebbles call up the fun of discovery,
as well as the power of the surf that tumbled them smooth.