In about October last year I was wondering through a craft store and came across some mini walnuts.  I fell in love with them, not knowing why I bought them and put them away in a drawer.  This is what happens quite a lot … if I have an instinct to get something when I see it, I do - often not even knowing why I’m doing it.  The combination of intuition and trust at it’s best.

Some months passed, and I nearly forgot I had them.  Then I was wondering through the fields watching the changes in nature, as you do, well I do anyway … and I spotted the yearly fall of acorn hats.  I love acorn hats, and am constantly drawn to them - they encase the seeds of life!   I picked up one’s that I was particularly drawn to and took them back to the studio, my mind already busy at work with what I was going to do with them… the creative buzz was triggered.

And so then these beautiful caps were born …

Acorn Walnut Necklace © Elizabeth Shewan Lunar Treasures 2016 4
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I did not arrive at this design immediately.  I originally wanted to use some form of crystal as the seed.  However, I could not find one natural enough or the right shape and size that worked as I had envisaged.   It was at this point that I remembered I had hidden away some walnut seeds - which then fitted perfectly into the hats that I had collected and turned into fine silver caps.

This is how most of my work is created.  Because creating is my life I have room to allow this process into my work which continues to grow through the years.  I have had 17 years (at the point of writing this article) of creative growth to get to this point.  17 years ago I was painting canvas’s the size of an average kitchen table … and over the years I have got smaller and smaller, bringing sculpture into the mix about 9 years ago, which has naturally progressed into the making of now very mini sculptures in the form of jewellery.  It’s been a wonderful journey - I hope you find it inspiring!

Elizabeth

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