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Wholly Broken

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2011 by andrealidesigns

Over this last weekend the agate on one of my favorite pieces to wear broke in half. As I realized this the loss of the situation hit me with a recognition in how the brokenness seemed to imitate certain circumstances in my life. My thought process could have stopped there but instead I began to perceive the significance in a different manner. I knew that despite my sadness of having to retire one of my most beloved pieces that it would be replaced with something better and more evolved. It must have been almost three years ago when I created that particular piece and in that time thousands of hours have been spent honing my craft along with overcoming challenges. It then occurred to me that this perception could also be applied to our own personal evolution.

There have been a series of seemingly insurmountable challenges with a far reaching lineage of turmoil that has defined my past. What I am beginning to realize is these experiences are responsible for making me more whole than ever before. Broken pieces of ourselves that we set aside can be repurposed in a significant way. With the right alchemy of thoughtfulness and intent I can take what languished to transcend it to a higher purpose. Our weaknesses to become our strength.

This is a post that sat in my draft box and I am revisiting it because recently I have reintegrated the broken agate in reference to the earlier portion of this posting into my latest creation. To keep with the analogous nature of this discussion there are occurrences within the process worth mentioning. When the agate broke the original value allocated to the necklaces intended purpose had suddenly become irrelevant. As a result the necklace in it’s broken state sat in a drawer retired of it’s previous function. For many months it stayed there. Until recently.

Inspiration from newly acquired pieces of coral brought back from Bali by my dear friend Kir another jewelry designer of Kir Collection gave the catalyst to rework an older piece. Integrating new and old I finally found a place for my broken agate. Front and center of my latest piece it’s shape that was caused by the breakage emulated the form of the focal pendant so precisely as to cause a perfect nestling when placed inside the agate. The two broken sides of the agate flanking either side in serendipitous harmony. With this reintegration the broken agate not only had relevancy once more but sublates it’s original purpose to something more advanced then it’s first iteration.

It could be said then that it is a sum of all our parts and a willingness transcend that will epitomize our life. We engender our future by relying on experience and observation of our history then applying these to our present. It is the knowledge that everything we thought had gone to waste will eventually fall into place.


One is the Loneliest Number

Posted in My Thoughts... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 24, 2010 by andrealidesigns

Pervasive and potent is this feeling of isolation. Nothing seems to flatten our mood to a depressed state more than the feeling of being alone. I saw it last night when I went to have drinks with a friend who was drunkly lamenting about his single status and again this afternoon on facebook when a another friend posted about how down they were without a partner in crime. I may as well have written that post myself as I am no stranger to the bite of being alone. But what was particularly interesting was that within minutes of this posting at least 8 people responded with comments in a similarly depressed context.

What is it about this emotion we can all so collectively share in it’s misery and that cause us to go to great lengths to eradicate it? I believe it is meant to remind us of our interconnectivity by the fundamental nature of how we are wired. Independent yet reliant upon that which lies outside of ourselves. In other words we need each other to optimally operate.

As a designer I am learning that having individual talent will not be enough and the trajectory of my career will be heavily influenced by the network of people I assimilate over time. I was greatly reminded of this recently when I went to Starfish’s opening. I saw my talented and local designer friend Kir who I met through Blink Gallery. She introduced me to Alex and Krista who own Starfish who then picked up my line. Tomorrow I have been asked to participate in an highly editorial fashion shoot by my colleague Georgia who is the fashion editor for 5280 that I came to know through a series of contacts.

All of these examples cite the importance of connecting with the world around us. Additionally to remember what it is to be human and that there is nothing wrong for us surround ourselves with others who celebrate not only our work but who we are as individuals.