The Collector: Everything All at Once

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If life is an endlessly fascinating curation of experience and memory, so your adornments must be. This is the first in what I believe will be a series for two reasons: 1. I loved making this. The quiet rhythm, the poetry, the intuition and counter-intuition of juxtaposing so much treasure. And, 2. I have more beads than any one human being should (by any measure) own, collected over decades and from around the globe.

This one of a kind strand, a symphony of neutrals, but only at first glance, is 76″ long and can be worn in many ways, from lengthy swingy flapper style to doubled, tripled and depending upon your neck size, even quadrupled (a tiny unobtrusive clasp allows this). Upon examination, and I hope you’ll examine it for years to come, you will find too many things to name, but here’s a partial list: tiny antiqued key and rusted bell charms, glass, clay, bone, actual bones (tiny fish and mammal vertebrae and other things), plastic, velvet millinery, sequins, raw rubies, stars. As in most of my work there is a small memento mori skullalong with much life, sparkle, and joy. The last photos provide some size context. Ancient cropped top is vintage, dress is by Yusho Kobayashi.

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