A necklace cobbled from vintage printed tin, gem tintype and chain fragments, with antique text collaged to the back. The poem is "The Blue and The Gray," by Francis Milnes Finch, and this fragment is from an encyclopedia dated about the time of its first publication, post Civil War.
The chain is the last of a nice length of old stock beaded brass, spliced to some interesting links and a hook salvaged from bits I have collected. I do love a spliced chain -- it's ostensibly simple, but a closer look shows more depth and texture.
When I think about the Civil War I remember that, growing up in Atlanta in the 50s, the issues and scars of Reconstruction were still fresh almost 100 years later. I think of generations of parents who taught their children in such a way that things were not laid to rest or allowed to heal. And it leaves me wondering if, with all the partisanship we experience today, we aren't repeating that sad old mistake.
From thoughts of seamstresses of long ago, I jumped to the word, "virago," one which I have always loved, along with "termagant." These are words that are supposed to insult women, but we shouldn't be so easily controlled, with words intended to make strength and self expression into negative qualities.
Words can never hurt me!
And another pair of earrings evoking my dream of a nice place to live in the sunny Southwest, a dream that recurs every damp, dark February here in the Northwest. So I named them "Mi Ranchito de Comodidad," or "my little ranch of comfort."
Both pair have 20 ga. niobium wires, which I have made myself. Niobium doesn't oxidize in normal conditions, and so it doesn't irritate our tender skin.
All of these can be found in my shop at Etsy, link to the right.