Dragon Heart - 2018 Design by Valerie Herron
This design by Valerie Herron is inspired by ancient illuminated manuscripts of the Middle East and Europe. It is predominantly a fruit and flower laden climbing-vine, which Valerie explains as being "crafted to imbue the wearer with the powers depicted - resilience, tenacity, growth and shining beauty through it all. Like all of us are, warriors for beauty and the soul of art."
Do you see the wee little dragon friends?!??? I didn't even ask for those, they just showed up to help us celebrate and protect our strong shining hearts at the center. They're modeled after the "snake headed dragon" from the Gates of Ishtar.
JamBallah Logo Stemless Glassware
Oh these are my favorite drinking glasses! The perfect shape, the perfect size, stable and elegant. Pictured items are over two years old, and have been through the dishwasher many a time.
'Ego is the Art Killer' - 2016 Design by Derek Tall
ARTIST’S LITANY AGAINST EGO
I must not judge.
Ego is the art-killer
Ego is the little shroud that brings total obfustication
I will face my ego
I will permit it to pass over me and through me
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path
Where the ego has gone there will remain but the shimmering light- of infinite possibility.
*The Dune books, like most classics, have their issues when viewed through the modern lens which is important to acknowledge. But they also hold wonderful messages about questioning authority and power structures, and the ongoing exploration of personal responsibility/self-determination.
Hot/Cold Insulated Beverage Container
An amazing, effective, and well-made water / tea / coffee / smoothie bottle.
I’m so impressed with its leak-proof power, and it does a great job with keeping hot things hot and cold things cold. The shape of the lid even adds good torque power when moving from a cold outdoors to a warm studio, (so you can get the lid open!)
Stainless steel and bamboo.
Dance, Friend - 2017 Design by Wendy Rover
This design is all about opening doors and reaching across barriers. It was inspired by the Doors of Durin, from the Lord of the Rings books by J. R. R. Tolkien, and henna art. Full blog post about this design and intention here!
I asked Wendy about her inspiration in creating the 2017 design, and some of the specific henna motifs that went into it. She said that eye-motifs can be found “from North Africa all the way to Spain and across the Arabian peninsula and across central and south east Asia.” They serve as protection from negativity and unconscious envy (aka ‘the evil eye’ in several cultures). Lotus flowers are symbols of unfolding beauty “with roots in the mucky mud,” whose symbolism also crosses several cultures, primarily through India and Asia. As for the pendant moon: “The central motif of the moon chandelier is not specific to any region or culture. My thinking regarding it has more to do with the concept that though many of us lead indoor lives out of necessity, that magic and Light of the moon are always with us. Think also of the ‘presence’ lamp in many kinds of sanctuary- the light is always kept on, and represents the presence of divine spirit.”