When my friend, Andrew Thornton approached me earlier this month about joining in his book club I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I mean, the name of the book was "My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me". I thought that was weird enough to be right up my alley. This book is essentially a collection of re-tellings of fairy tales by various authors and is edited by Kate Bernheimer.
When I first cracked open the book, I didn't know where to start. I just randomly started picking stories. Some I couldn't finish and others didn't evoke any sort of jewelry inspiration. It's not that they weren't good, they just didn't strike that spark I need in order to create. That all changed when I read "The Mermaid in the Tree" by Timothy Schaffert, a story inspired by Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid".
This story was dark and disturbing... I don't want to give anything away though (go read it!). Ideas formed in my head right after I finished. Originally, I was going to create a bracelet but the idea evolved and became these earrings.
I used my own stoneware beads, sea glass, copper and brass beads and fish vertebrae beads. Yes, fish vertebrae beads. At the end of the story, a tiny bone leaves a big impression. The earrings are inspired by that final moment.
I highly recommend you read this story. I've actually read it twice now and find it just as haunting as the first time I read it.
Now off you go to see all the other pieces inspired by this book:
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