. . . and what’s this adornment thing about?
I have purple in my hair because I LOVE the color purple. In the color spectrum is considered the color of royals and spirituality. Here’s a little snippet of information I found that says it really well:
- “Purple combines the stability of blue and the energy of red. Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. . . .”
So there’s another reason why I have purple in my hair . . . it tells YOU something about me. In conversations with folk, I’ve asked them to think about it and invariably, I hear, “Your fun! . . . whimsical . . . you don’t take life too seriously” I don’t know if the last is really true and I certainly make an effort. ☺
The point is, before I open my mouth, I want to create an atmosphere of approachability. When I am dressed in sweats . . . in the market . . . with my hoodie up over my head, I am saying ‘please don’t see me… just here to get cat food and didn’t have time to dress before I got my daughter to school’.
I believe that how we dress, the way our hair is, and of course the jewelry we adorn ourselves with, creates an intention and atmosphere of both who we want to draw into our lives and what ENERGY we want to draw into our lives.
“So, Delia, what’s this got to do with jewelry?”
Everything! Consider the jewelry you wear everyday. Why do you wear it? If it’s a wedding ring, you are letting others know you are married. If it is your granma’s pearls, you are letting others know that you honor granma and you think of her often. Perhaps you wear a spiritual or religious symbol that has significance to you . . . and it may even tell others something about you. Maybe you just wear special piece for special occasions only.
When I go out and about, I often wear a pendant my daughter made and the sacred heart pendant my friend Rain made. Lately, I wear a ninja star that a new friend made for me. On a special occasion, I wear the pearls that were once my mother’s or a ring I have that was hers . . . and special to her. Sometimes I wear pieces I have created that are about the current journey of my life.
This has all been roiling around for me in the last year or so . . . I know right? Took a while! It’s come up a bunch in conversation with people at shows and events and it looks like this: “The last thing I need is another piece of jewelry . . . they just sit in the box” or “I need to pay my light bill.” Or “I just bought a new dress . . . or car . . . or lamp.”
I get it. Times are different for some these days and we are faced with choices. . . new pendant or the light bill? I’m there right with ya . . . and more often it’s light bill or more metal clay? ☺
- “An adornment is generally an accessory or ornament worn to enhance the beauty or status of the wearer. They are often worn to embellish, enhance, or distinguish the wearer, and to define cultural, social, or religious status within a specific community. When worn to show economic status, the items are often either rare or prohibitively expensive to others. Adornments are usually colourful, and worn to attract attention.”
Am I trying to “sell” you something? Yeah . . . probably. It’s not what you might be thinking. Yes, it would be super-mega-awesome if everyone I talked to understood adornment the way I do and bought all the pretties that I make and made me a famous artist . . . LOL. Not the reality I figure. I also get that the work I create speaks only to a few.
I make wearable art jewelry that I think will speak to the “whimsy” . . . the “thoughtful”; the “serious”, the authentic . . . in us all, and frankly, if you want to buy my work and stick in a box, I’d prefer you didn’t ☺.
In a nutshell, I believe adornment has to resonate for the wearer and it will speak volumes to the observer . . . without a word passing anyone’s lips.
What I really want to sell you on is considering the possibilities of what you speak, by what you wear.
Really the concept goes well beyond just what we wear . . . like the state of my car. It’s looking a little like the work/sleep/eat/live zone that I don’t appreciate very much and certainly couldn’t take clients in. I don’t much care what anyone else thinks, it’s how I feel. When I sit in my car lately, I seem more prone to road rage . . . it’s an energy thing . . . being surrounded by chaos. Now I am a little OCD, so that might have something to do with it . . . but back on point.
What we wear has an affect on how we feel . . . or better yet, often is a reflection of how we feel and ultimately what you ‘speak’ wordlessly. It isn’t any different than body language.
You meet a person with a scowl on their face and you tend to move ten feet around them . . . or if you have teenagers in your life like I do, you have numerous examples of body movements that can create a screaming sensation . . . eye rolling, arms crossed, huffing, turning the head away . . . you get the picture.
On the flip side, when you see a person smiling, you feel invited to say hello. When you hear laughter, it invokes curiosity and delight – unless of course you are the unfortunate victim of someone’s joke ☺
I think you get the gist.
I’ve sort of asserted two things… adornment speaks to others (and should resonate for the wearer) and adornment has energy and will, affect how you feel and what you draw to you (remember the hoodie).
I will elaborate just a bit more on the energetic aspects.
Remember when copper could “fix” arthritis and magnets could make you feel better? It’s true you know! Just like ALL the THINGS in the universe, metals have energy and we as humans are energy and therefore we interact with other energies and golly, gee whiz, I’m sure you’re thinkin’ I’ve gone plum crazy . . . and I urge you to do some research. No snippets because here is too much information, however, since I work primarily in silver . . . check this out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver
Next time you see me at a show, don’t be surprised if I encourage you to purchase a piece of meaning . . . like a Chinese Chop character pendant . . . or maybe, if I am exhibiting with Rain, I might suggest a copper piece from her collection . . . or from Heather, a heart necklace from her series of work. Oh and there’s the work of Lint and Buttons, and Amy Steelman and talk about pieces of meaning, my friend Robin makes fingerprint charms. . . and . . . and I know a great many artists that I’d be happy to share about. If you ‘friend’ me on Facebook, they are all hanging out there 🙂
I might even encourage you to take one of my classes in metal clay arts. A medium I am quite fond of and create my work from, that I believe has so many possibilities for the artist in us all. My work with metal clay . . . working with my hands . . . handcrafting adornment . . . has brought so much to my life. I of course think everyone should do it!
Take a moment to consider what you wear? Why you wear it? How does it resonate for you? What does it ‘speak’ for you? Does the energy of the piece you wear fit with the path you are on?
Be well . . . and make something every day, even if it’s trouble.