It's nice to escape to another world on occasion, to find inspiration in a different landscape. While Austin has been extremely hot and dry this past year, it hasn't quite reached the high country desert feel of Santa Fe. On a weekend anniversary getaway, I was surprised to encounter widespread beautiful spring blooms of lilac and forsythia.
My self-assignment this week at home is to contemplate how to utilize this inspiration directly in my own work. How can I bring a sense of mystery to my jewelry? I've long been attracted to mechanisms, to hinged doors and secret compartments, and I'd love to incorporate some of the enigma of the Santa Fe gates into my designs.