Sep 18, 2011

where to begin ...

wow ... i just realized that my last post was on the 25th August. that's nearly a month ago!! what have i been doing? where to begin?

well, to start off, poor baby Maia was down with a bad bad cough and hence was in a bad bad mood becos she can't breath properly, can't sleep and won't eat. *sigh* but that's OVER!! she's fine now and has returned to her happy cheeky self :)

i was supposed to start on a commission on 2 big big books but couldn't becos my raw materials have been delayed! UGH!! but i did managed to go on to other commissions ... so that's great. now i only have half the time i'm supposed to have on the big big books, and that is not so great :(

in between commissions, i sneaked to town and did some shopping. i also made some other things ... just to relax the mind and allow it to wander. what did i buy? ... oooo ... some really amazing turquoise beads!! huge ones, high quality, tri color and mouth wateringly beautiful!! i also acquired some old brass amulets from this guy from Nepal! and this is what i made with my acquisitions ^_^

isn't the turquoise bead just amazing?!! i had to couple it with one of my little books and i really LOVE the effect! and this piece was aptly named Ode to Opulence :)

inspired by some of the myths that the Nepal guy told me of his homeland, i was feeling all spiritual these few days ... as a result, Tantra was created. 'course it needed a turquoise bead too ;)

”each one of us is a union of all universal energy. Everything that we need in order to be complete is within us right at this very moment. It is simply a matter of being able to recognize it. This is the tantric approach”
~ Lama Thubten Yeshe ~

continuing on my spiritual path, this next piece was inspired by the continuous cycle of life, a Buddhist belief ... Samsara. this necklace has a beautiful piece of Picasso Jasper, some rare rutilated quartz rondelles, and an amulet depicting some sort of karmic cycle.

Samsara means “to flow”. Our consciousness is continuous, our selves die but is reincarnated into a similar or a different form. The universal cycle is a continuous karmic flow …

and so these were from this week's wanderings ... tho just before Maia fell ill, i also made 2 other pieces which i did not get to blog about. of course during that time, the inspirations were ever so different ... as you will see ...

isn't it wonderful how unpredictable the muse is?

which of these pieces talk to you, i wonder ... and i'm curious, how are you usually inspired?


  1. Wow Luthien they all talk to me, how wonderful each piece is and how lucky are you acquiring the amulets. Your pieces are so so unique and absolutely fabulous as always Tracy x

  2. Always beautiful. I am inspired by anything and everything. Today by the beginnings of autumn and funny ideas from other bloggers.

  3. Well As USUAL you continue to make me drool all over my computer. Each piece just gets MORE FABULOUS (that's almost an impossibility!!) than the last. Someday soon I hope I shall be drooling all over my own creation from you're beyond creative brain! Glad little Maia is doing better.

  4. All wonderful and each speaks in a different way. Congratulations on being a contributing artist in Seth Apter's book - I am looking forward to it!

  5. L- sorry to hear that Maia was ill but glad to know that she is well again. And you have been very busy with your wild creativity. Your pieces always seem to invite us to travel into new dimensions. Like the spiritual theme. But I think the one that speaks most in this post is the burnt fragment - not all those who wander are lost - so true. Go well with your commissions. B

  6. These are all gorgeous! I have a little Maia too, only she's not quite so little now, 10 this year! Glad to hear your little one is better now.

  7. Everything you create is beautiful beyond words!


  8. How good it is to hear from you! I didn't go anywhere. :) Glad your little one is feeling better. And what lovely pieces you've created. They all speak to me - very alluring and mysterious and full of magic.

  9. I love your pieces and your last one 'Passages' spoke to me the most, thats one of my favorite quotes from Lord of the Rings. Beautiful work :)

  10. They all speak to me!! If I had to choose just one it would be "Samsara". I like a lot of the Buddhist philosophies. I actually did a painting once with that same title - it was all cogs and wheels and things, the cycle of life turning :)

    I adore those turquoise stones too. Each piece seems to hold it's own unique story and I loved reading about your inspiration behind each one.

    Glad little Maia is feeling better and good luck with your commission - look forward to seeing it when it's done! xx

  11. So glad to hear your little one is feeling better, it's so hard when they cannot breathe well.
    I would love to see these pieces in person...if they are this beautiful in photos, I can't imagine how amazing they are up close...and that so gorgeous!! I'm in awe of your work,I've really never seen jewelry (and that word doesn't seem to do it justice) like yours.

  12. I am so lost in the beauty of your whimsical pieces! I want to be your apprentice! You truly speak through your art! I am in awe!!


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Luthien :)