Artist Statement: Leni Erickson
I love the pivot places between things like sunrise and sunset, the tangible and intangible, the place where reality shifts.
What is going on beyond the visible that interacts with us? For me, a subtle, powerful consciousness is moving there, and I love to participate with it.
Years ago, I designed high end jewelry sold mostly in art galleries. The process of creating something beautiful with color, light, materials, is magical.
Now after decades exploring quantum physics and ageless wisdom traditions, I wanted to take my exploration of jewelry beyond what I knew. I explored prayer beads and medicine beads. Like nature, each of these evoke participation beyond the physical. They invite us to connect to a deeper, aware presence.
What is that power? How are medicine beads different than jewelry? How are these type of beads like nature? Why are they powerful to the experiencer? What makes this happen? This is my exploration with the beads.
When I visited the island of Pemba, in west Africa, I was told that the door is the most important part of a home. It is a sacred portal connecting outer and inner worlds. With these beads I want them to be like that: a sacred portal to something deep within or around you.
May you touch and be touched by these pieces, and make them yours.
bmf jewelry, Brittany Foster www.brittanyjewelry.com
Designer Megan Wiley started Solid Design Studios after spending a decade in women's fashion and accessories at the retail level, as well as covering fashion as a magazine writer and editor. She wanted to craft pieces that were industrial yet earthy, luxe yet accessible.
Megan's full collection of jewelry and accessories embraces a modern yet folkloric aesthetic, and translates seamlessly from daywear to eveningwear, season after season. Each piece is made by hand in Edina, Minnesota.