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Of bears, sentimentality and fingerprint jewellery……

ImageI am, at heart, incredibly sentimental. It seems that this trait has increased with age, or at least from having children. Things that meant something to me as a child continue to touch me as an adult, often changing their meaning over time. For this reason you will now find me, every New Year, curled up on the sofa with tissue in hand and tears streaming down my cheeks as I watch (again) the fabulously sentimental ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’. Also I confess to feeling rather lost if I find it’s been too long since opening the pages of my favourite childhood book, The House at Pooh Corner. 

It was this sentimentality that drew me to making silver keepsake jewellery. Being able to capture a precious fingerprint and make a beautiful piece of jewellery that I can treasure forever helps me a little bit when I think of how every day my children grow, learn and change just a little bit more. Amongst all the frustrations of daily life with children, there simply remains the fact that they won’t be there forever. How soon the baby days are over and before you know it you are waving them off for their first day at school! Which brings me back to Pooh……

I make no apology for the tears splashing on my keyboard as I read (and type) a quote from the end of the book, as Christopher Robin gets ready to start school and move away from his nursery friends in the Hundred Acre Wood:

 “Pooh, promise you won’t forget about me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred.”

Pooh thought for a little.

“How old shall I be then?”

“Ninety-nine.”

Pooh nodded.

“I promise,” he said………….

So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.

(A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner) 

ImageOriginal artwork by E. H. Shepard

 

If you would like to find out more about my silver fingerprint jewellery range then please visit my website at http://www.moonriverjewellery.co.uk

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(And yes, I do still have my childhood teddy bear AND my old copy of The House at Pooh Corner even though the pages are a little loose.)

 

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Thoughts on Trees and the Turning of Time

Lately I have been thinking a lot about trees.

Many of the designs I have been working on are based around leaves and trees and as I’ve been out walking and collecting what leaves I can find at this time of year, I’ve been looking intently at the skeletal trees silhouetted against the sky and thinking that they will soon be bursting back into life again.

Trees are powerful symbols; look back at mythologies from around the world and you can find trees everywhere. They are strong, powerful, markers of time and the turning of seasons. They embody the power of nature in its creative and ever changing glory.

I’ve been working on pieces around the theme of the tree of life, most familiar to me from the pages of the bible and the story of creation, but also appearing in many stories from outside of the Christian tradition. Someone then mentioned that one of my designs made them think of the Tree of Gondor from The Lord of the Rings and this set my mind off in a whole new direction.

Trees are immensely important in the works of Tolkien and are used to embody nature and the problems of mankind’s misuse of natural resources. Tolkien uses the destruction of trees to show evil and greed and the replanting of trees as a sign of restoration and healing.  I could go on for hours, but the main conclusion from my musings is that we have an obligation to protect nature and that we abuse it and its natural resources at our peril. Whether it is even possible to protect the natural world alongside mankind’s insatiable march of progress, I do not know and only time will tell.

Next time you see an impressive tree, take the time to really look at it – remember its longevity – it was probably there long before you ever arrived and hopefully will still be there a long time after you leave.

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