Wednesday, October 4, 2017

New Life

45mm by 15mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Three years ago, my life changed completely, in a hurried instant that was a long time coming. Three years ago, I was sitting on Perissa beach, lying next to my snoring soon-to-be ex husband after a very dramatic and traumatic ferry ride that dumped us on Santorini at 4am, with no way into our accommodation. Three years ago, I was grateful he was sleeping, so I could enjoy that sunrise without walking on eggshells, without having to assuage his ever present anger. Three years ago, while watching the street dogs play, street dogs I was as yet unaware I would come to know by name, I scraped together a moment of personal bliss in what was otherwise increasing chaos.

Little did I know, three hours later, I would never see him again. And my new life started. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sea Meets Shore

20mm diameter - Mosaic gold, pebbles from Perissa Beach, in sterling silver
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One of the byproducts of the eruption I was mentioning yesterday is some pretty unique geology, especially compared to neighboring islands. Greece drums up thoughts of white sandy beaches and blue seas. But in Santorini, the sand is black, thanks to the volcano, much to the dismay of the soles of my feet on a hot summer day. But I've spent so much time there in the last few years that white sand now seems astonishing when I see it!
Hard to believe this is 2.5 years ago already!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Caldera Calm

28mm by 18mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I often get asked why I keep going back to Greece, and in particular Santorini. There is truly something healing about the place. When there, I try as often as I can to get out onto my friend's boat. Often the trip is to an neighbouring island like Ios or Anafi, but I think my favourite trip is a simple trip around the caldera, the sunken, water filled basin of the volcano that was created when the volcano erupted around 1650BCE. Devestating as it must have been to the people living on the island at the time, today it makes for damn stunning scenery. 

Including this view from the restaurant toilet where we stop for lunch on a caldera boat trip:
Yes, this really is a view from a toilet.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Slice of Life

48mm by 35mm - Mosaic gold, filati in sterling silver
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I received a pretty overwhelming response back in March when I posted a pendant that was a tribute to my Uncle Evan when he travelled onwards to whatever is next for him in the next world. In addition to family commissions based on that piece, I have had others who loved the watermelon theme. 

In truth, watermelons—one of his favourite foods—seem to be everywhere this year. My personal watermelon find were these lovelies:

I think of him everytime I put them on. 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Turning Point - SOLD

16mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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It is that time of year, in the Northern hemisphere at least, that leaves begin to change and a nip starts to fill the air. (Or in the case of Edmonton, snow has fallen at least once. Sorry about that, eh?) Wonderfully, nature usually gives us that one last extravaganza of colour before the snow flies and buries the world in white. I loved watching the colours turn three years ago when I house sat in British Columbia, Canada in October. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Kerry Green

16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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One thing that was high on my list to see here in Ireland was the Ring of Kerry. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see it in exactly the fashion we would have liked. Owing the fact that our visit is in shoulder season, Marian and I took what we could get, namely a huge coach tour of the sort we would normally try to avoid. However, with I the only driver between us, and not used to the narrow roads nor the left hand roadways, we decided for enjoyment and safety we were better off to not rent a vehicle. But at least we got to see the Ring of Kerry, from its bogs, to its sheep and sheepdogs, to its stunning views. 
Along the Ring of Kerry

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Wild Atlantic Way - SOLD

28mm by 18mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I have been blessed this month to tour three different peninsulas in County Kerry, Southwestern Ireland. All of these peninsulas are part of the Wild Atlantic Way, a stretch of connected coastal roads along the Atlantic seaboard that goes for over 2700km. The scenery is stunning, and if I had more time, I would be exploring even more of this famed coastline.
Facing Dursey Island near the point of the Beara Peninsula

Monday, September 25, 2017

Mediterranean Heatwave

16mm by 16mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I don't have a lot of sympathy in one sense, but about a week ago, my friends in Greece were all complaining about the unseasonable high temperatures and humidity. To be sure, I've been blessed with some Irish sunshine the last couple days, but on the whole the weather here has been much less hot than this heat worshipper would like. This pendant makes me think of the lovely hot Greek summer days—and nights. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Irish Welcome

65mm by 20mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I did not have the easiest time getting to Ireland. In fact, I arrived 4 days later than expected, due to a combination of delayed flights and making a hurried executive decision that if a new flight had to be paid for, it was worth it to wait until the prices dropped in half a few days later. So I ended up back on Santorini.

However, when I finally did make it after a very long journey that started at an ungodly hour and included 6 hours in the Barcelona airport, I was treated to a spectacle so unbelievable I could only think, "Well, seems Ireland really does want me here after all if this is the welcome I get!" 

This pendant is based on that moment.
An Irish sunset welcome

Thursday, September 21, 2017

40 Shades of Green

14mm by 10mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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So I may have borrowed the title of a Johnny Cash song for this piece. In truth though, as soon as I got on the bus from the Dublin airport for the 4 hour ride to Listowel, the first thing I though was, "Holy crap, it's green here."

I mean, I knew it was green, thanks to the rain, but coming from a pretty barren, brown island, it was a bit overwhelming.

A quick snap out the bus window