The devotee of myth is in a way a philosopher, for myth is made up of things that cause wonder. "
In my second year at university I registered for a course in greek Mythology. My overall focus was pretty aimless at that point. I spent first year in Economics, and disliked every minute of those dry, numbing lectures on GDP etc. Second year was completely general - exploring any other options. I took Anthropology, Geology, Psych, Eng Lit. But I had always liked mythology. I was mesmerized by the stop action storytelling of Jason and the Argonauts. The tragic tales of those mortals punished by the gods. So I went to class.
Each day our professor told us a story. It was a small class in an old building. He had a lovely voice and he would completely captivate me with his recountings. Of course, we had work to do too. We were analyzing all the human constructs of why such myths were created and the moral dilemmas that were explored in each. I ate it up, and knew, finally, what I was to major in.
I have a degree in Classical Studies. That is, a degree based on the study of Greco-Roman history and literature, based on the english translations of the original texts. Classics is the study of the same, but in the original latin. I took latin, but we didn't really get along. In order to round out my knowledge of the time period i was studying, I also took classes in ancient Egyptian and ancient India history. (Yes, I've read the Bhagavad-Gita and I loved those classes too).
So how does that all lead to now?
While life changed my original trajectory of what I had planned to do after getting my degree, I find myself now using my love of those myths to create a collection for Artistar Jewels, Milan Jewelry Week, that will be shown this October.
I have made a four piece collection, MYTHOS, that takes elements of history and myth, re-imagining them as wearable jewelry: AGAMEMNON, ODE (not pictured - it's pretty big), ARMOUR AND GORGON.
I will write more about them as the date draws closer for the exhibition. These have been some of the most challenging pieces I have ever made, and I do want to share my motivation behind them with you. And no, I am not joining the collection in Milan. I need to be here, in my studio, working on pieces for the upcoming season of Christmas shows (including Circle Craft! so excited!!). But I hope you enjoy viewing the pieces here, and I may be able to bring them along to some of the fall/winter shows to see in person.
If you want to find out more about the Artistar Jewels exhibitions, please visit their site at http://www.artistarjewels.com/aj/en/edition.