When I was a little kid, I knew one way to my mother’s heart was via archeology and anything old. The patina of a thing was like candy to her…and it rubbed off on me.
I remember one Christmas when I was about five years old and excited to ‘make’ my mother’s gift. I couldn’t buy anything…so handmade was a necessity growing up.
I found some pictures of Holly Hobby in a magazine, and cut them out. I pasted them on some blocks of wood that I found in the garage. I then tried to ‘patina’ my creations with ink, dirt and some strange variation of other ingredients readily available to a five year old on a mission that included saran wrap, too. I am sure it was horribly executed, but there was a feeling that I was trying for that I am pretty sure I’ve been exploring my entire creative life.
These earrings were challenging. I had to solder the brass bar on to the top of a disc that I had distorted with sandpaper and my chasing hammer. But I loved the end result and must say that these were my personal favorites of the year.
My mother came up to visit this summer and as soon as she saw them, I knew they were hers. They look fantastic with her striking gray hair and they fall elegantly down her neck. She tells me she always gets comments on them when she wears them, and that makes me happy–as she has also shared with me that as she has gotten older, that she feels like she disappears when in groups of people.
I know that feeling of disappearing…I’ve heard so many mature women remark upon the fact that they often feel invisible when socializing, and maybe that is why bright colors and striking jewelry become more important as the years add up.
I am currently in the process of growing out the hair color on my own tresses and embracing the silver…this upcoming year I turn 50. I have no interest in looking like someone in her 30’s or even 40’s…I just want to look like me. The me that I am now…without having to cover things up or fuss over what is…
50 comes with a certain patina that I have earned by living well…and I’m excited about this next stage in my life.
That, along with something purple and red, and a kick ass pair of long earrings should do the trick…hope you have a great New Year!