Just a few months ago I received an email from Cynthia, asking if I would take part in a grand celebration of her anniversary ~ jewelry-style. I haven't had the chance to meet Cynthia face-to-face, but I had the opportunity to grow (remember my 'bloom' word of the year?!) a virtual friendship with her during this past year, year and a half.
I was incredibly honoured to be part of this group ~ filled with artists I came to respect and call my eFriends too. Of course I said 'Yes!' and this is what came in the email not so long ago:
I had no idea what I wanted to make all I knew it was it's going to be delicious!
Lately I've become obsessed with links - blame it on Cindy Wimmer's new book and on Patti's constant creations (she's posting daily one or two more beauties she made with Cindy's links from her book!). I stood there, looking at the package, and trying to visualise links... what kind? how? why? Existential questions, as you can see :)
And then... it just came to me and this Tribal Dance was born:
The links are made of silver plated copper wire (very soft to my hands, very soft!), on a jig, an infinity link with a lovely double scroll. All kept together with scraps of the incredible blue sari silk.
The main link is looking somewhere between Minnie's ears and a round gift package - I haven't decided yet :)
Did I ever mentioned how impossible is to capture a long necklace?! something I need to learn to do in a better way - but it'll give you an idea of how the necklace is draping: the focal is about 2 in long and the whole necklace is quite long, doesn't need a clasp (I like them better that way for the winter, less opportunities to loose them under all the clothing required)
And here she is again: the leader of her tribe, with ribbons in her hair, dancing away in a sacred dance: an infinite and ancient custom of her tribe.
Wow ~ Cynthia, my dear, that just came while I was typing away... apparently I am better with words at 3:15 am! And this is truly honouring your style: the Ethnic Boho :)
Please make sure you visit our group to see what everybody made with Cynthia's generous gift!
Happy Anniversary, Cynthia! Thank you for the opportunity to party along - and thank you for a priceless friendship. I learned a lot from you these past 2 years and I am very happy to be able to say 'I know Cynthia! She's my friend!' :)
Our host: Cynthia Machata Antiquity Travelers
Janet Bocciardi Honey from the Bee
Christine Altmiller One Kiss Creations
Bobby Rafferty Beadsong
Therese Frank Therese's Treasures
Alicia Marinache All the Pretty Things <- you are here
P.S. I feel I need to explain why Her Majestic Chiefness doesn't have any adornments ~ Cynthia lovingly provided those gorgeous seed beads and the equally lovely gemstones. However Her Chiefness (I need to find her a name) refuse categorically to be adorned with anything but the silk ribbons in her hair. I tried to argue with her, but if there is one thing I've learned in the past few years is that it's never a good idea to put your stubbornness against an inanimate object's stubbornness! You learn how to let it go and I let her be what she wanted to be: a simple dancer :)