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A while back I was reflecting on the true nature of friendship and the image of a basket came to me. To ensure the strength of the basket each strand must both hold and be held. As we take turns falling apart and holding each other up, and holding or leaning in, we create a basket that can hold so much more life, love and pain within it.
This is a small one of a kind collection of handmade jewelry created as a prayer in gratitude and an incantation for being held.
I see each of these pieces as a little basket - reminding us of our ability to hold and to be held, and the beauty that blooms from that experience.

Because I have been in and out of romantic relationships in my adult life I have sometimes struggled to feel held. As I grow closer to learning to love what IS, rather than focus on what IS NOT I find that, in truth, I am held in so many places. I believe this is part of the work of writing our collective future story is to let go of our attachment to independence and the nuclear family and remember that we thrive in community; a healthy system with a diversity of sources of giving, receiving, holding and being held.
By embracing the offerings of those I love and trust I am nourished so that I may offer it in return. In this way I am held. By receiving and also by the joy of giving.
This collection is both a recognition and an incantation.
It is a small piece of prayer in gratitude and request.
To be held in a loved ones arms
by the forest around you
by a sunrise
by a moment
and to allow it in
to let your skin drink it in
and feel your heart hum in thanks.
This small collection will be available in the shop here at 7pm PST on Monday the 14th.
I hope you find a way to feel held today.


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