I spent the last two weeks of August in northern Wisconsin at my mom's house sitting outside in the sunshine while my daughter ran around soaking in the joy that is time at Grandma and Grandpa's. While we were there, I found my way to the meditation of sliding beads onto thread and just being present to the joy of creating.
And I had so much fun making these necklaces, that I've decided to make The 1993 Collection an ongoing offering here in the shop. Here's a peek at a few of my favorites and the story behind this collection.
When I was in high school, I listened to Lenny Kravitz sing "Flower Child" on repeat, longing to be that girl "dressed in purple velvet with a flower in her hair" who "speaks of liberation on the land and on the sea" living on the West Coast and standing up for what I believed in. Even when I was wearing my boarding school uniform of plaid kilt and button down white Oxford, I wore layers of beaded necklaces that I made sitting cross-legged by the lake behind my dorm. And then in the summer when at home, I'd add a few more layers on my wrists and ankles.
A few summers ago, I unearthed these beads in my studio and decided to play with them again after an almost 20-year break. And as I listen to Lenny and Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon and string bead after bead, I'm spending a little time with my 17-year-old self and remembering her dreams and realizing that she would be very proud of me and where I am as I tell the true stories over here in my corner of the world.
The necklaces in The 1993 Collection are always filled with the energy of summer and mixed tapes and afternoons full of hope and secret dreams and the belief that one girl just might make a difference in the world. As you wear your piece from the 1993 collection, I hope you will reconnect and listen to those secret dreams inside you.