I’m so excited to tell you a bit about the Shadowbox collection I created for Terrain. Not only are the pieces close to my heart (yes of course, because I made them…), but also in the sense that they mark the start of the Gifts & Goods collections. I have some very special projects lined up related to mindful gifting and gift accessories and am beyond excited to be able to bring these ideas to fruition. These pieces mark the start of all of that goodness!
I’ve been mulling around on the idea of creating objects that capturing fleeting moments & memories, visceral sensations that inspire us when we think back on them. The idea of landing on the tiny moments and the forgotten stories that collectively make us the individuals that we are is a concept that I have always loved. The shadowboxes were created from this idea. To kick off this concept, I worked with some specific ideas that combine natural elements mixed with the human experience; medicine wheels, agate stones & their healing properties, the landscape of hand planted flower fields, and driftwood and the sea.
I worked with my favorite woodworker to build the boxes. I wanted a wood that was deep, rich, and had an old – growth feeling.
I thought the pieces looked so lovely all stacked together, and so special when hung as a collection together on a wall.
Below are some of the medicine wheel wands. I used my favorite yarns, Lagarus blooms and gold & copper leafing. More on my thoughts behind the medicine wheel pieces below.
There is nothing I love more than a well worn linen. I gathered a few of my favorite linens and hand stitched them together. The gold thread represents the stars, the cream colored yarn represents the grounding cord that connects the earth to to the sky.
These pieces were inspired by the Native American tradition of medicine wheels which represent harmonious connections between all living beings on earth. The yarn wrapped spokes represent the colorful elements of the earth and the lagarus ‘feathers’ represent harvest and abundance. The metallic flecks of gold, copper and silver honor the great unknown, the expansive possibilities of the universe and our individual part in shaping our experiences. The placement of the wands, which radiate in all directions, as well as the central circular embroidery stitches, is meant to be a reminder that we are all connected and our actions and thoughts affect one another. The central ‘X’, represents you & me & all of us. It’s a reminder to be present and honor our connections to everything around us.
I hope you love the meaning and message as much as I do.