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 …
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!
© Lunar Treasures, Jewellery Designer Elizabeth Shewan.