Eilisain aka Lisette in Gaelic

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

It's almost here - The Keeper

Tomorrow is the release for my new collection, The Keeper, cast from the shell of a turtle. 

Don't worry, no turtles were harmed in the process of making these pieces, my Dad found the turtle shell on his property, almost a year ago and I'd been saving it for a mold.  I'm very pleased with the simplicity yet detailed form of the turtle spine. 

I'm still working on additions to the collection, so this isn't all of it.  

Whenever I begin working on a new collection, especially when it is based upon the parts of an animal, I become fascinated with the history of the animal.  In the Celtic history and lore the turtle is known as the keeper to the doors of the faerie realm; thus I chose The Keeper.  Turtles sense vibrations through water and through their skin and shell, they are amazing survivors; with very good hearing and sense of smell.    In the Far East the shell of a turtle is the symbol of heaven and the square underside a symbol of earth.  The turtle is also one of the oldest reptiles and has one of the most ancient mythologies.  

From my Animal Speak book by Ted Andrews he writes "If turtle has shown up, it is time to get connected to your most primal essence. Go within your shell and come out when your ideas are ready to be expressed.  It is time to recognize that there is an abundance out there for you." 

The Keeper cuff

The Keeper earrlings - cast in Ancient bronze
The Keeper hoop earrings.
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  1. Wow. The Keeper collection looks amazing! I am so excited to see how it develops :)

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  3. Thank you Jodie! I'm still working on more experimentations with the spine, very excited though.