Here's some background on the inspiration for this series.
Although sightings are rare, Rhode Island has had it's fair share of aquatic cryptozoological incidents. The best know of which are the finding of the "Block Ness Monster" and the "Teddy's Beach Monster" incident. Occasionally, these magnificent creatures are said to have been spotted late at night, off the shore of Colt State Park, Sabin's Point and Point Judith. This line of handcrafted jewelry is intended to honor our legendary sea monsters who guard our shore from deep down in the waters of our beloved bay.
After a rather difficult year, healthwise, I'm determined to eliminate stress from my life. Along with all the usual remedies, meditation, exercise, going for long walks and avoiding negative people and situations, I've started drawing. Done in Prismacolor, I consider them color studies more than representational illustrations. I'm not sure where this creative venture will take me, but for now it's been quite therapeutic. I've also, as is my nature, put them into festively embellished frames. I'd love to know what you think?
For those of you who follow Instagram, I'm sure you're aware of the pressure they're putting on us these days to post reels instead of photos. Reels do make for entertaining posts, but only if you're good at making videos, otherwise they're a total bore. Not to mention how uninspired it makes your homepage look. Anyhow, I now find myself taking on the challenge of making Instagram reels. Here is my progress so far and I welcome any advice.
Here we have a handy guide to my line of talisman necklaces. An image of each style accompanied by their meanings. If by chance you have an idea for a new style you'd like to see or perhaps purchase an existing one that may no longer be available in my shop, please message me here.
The Strong Future Talisman
The bow and arrow has been a long standing symbol of strength for those who choose to look forward and never back. This necklace includes a labradorite bead which will prove useful in times of change in that it’s known for its power to impart strength and perseverance.
The Unity Talisman
The handshake, a symbol of friendship, greeting and coming together is accompanied with a garnet bead, known for its healing powers and enduring strength.. The intent of this necklace is to remind its wearer of the importance of coming together in a world so divided. We need to remember that we have more common concerns than differences and that it’s what we have in common that matters most, for those commonalities will have the most positive impact on our future.
The Awareness Talisman
Being both feral and timid, rabbits are a true symbol of cleverness. They do not move in a predictable manner, alway zig zagging to avoid capture while simultaneously maintaining an acute awareness of their surroundings making them the perfect animal to symbolize one's preparedness for an uncertain future. This necklace also has an amethyst bead known for its healing powers which may prove useful as we move forward in an uncertain world.
Love Rules Talisman
A talisman to remind us that good judgement and decision making must always be guided by kindness. This piece shows a heart, symbolizing love and compassion for all that is good, placed above a crown, which symbolizes authority and judgement. This piece also has a garnet bead, known for its healing powers and enduring strength.
This “Gadfly” talisman is designed to ward off pests and other distractions that prevent you from leading a cheerful and productive life. A gadfly refers to any of various flies, such as a stable fly or warble fly, that bite or annoy domestic animals and livestock. However, the term can also refer to a person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, demands, requests, etc. In addition to the gadfly image on the pendant (because it takes one to know one) there’s a bead made of genuine onyx which is known to confuse and repel pests.
I was given the honor of participating in another season of Fashion Fete International, a weekly web series focusing on the local fashion scene. This has been a fun, challenging, as well as educational experience indeed. Because of covid-19 related social distancing, we had to film this outside on a cold November morning with no hands on styling. I look forward to better times when I can do projects like this with better lighting and up close styling. That being said, I'm very pleased with my models. Jose Ariel Diaz and Toni Barajas, such professionals (Please contact me if you'd like to hire them). Here's a link to the full Fashion fete episode.
Even though the holidays were quite scaled back due to covid-19 concerns and all the other factors that came about in 2020, here on My Pink Planet we still managed to stay festive and celebrate with a bit of style.