A nautical, abalone shell ring inspired by song lyrics from Joni Mitchell's debut 1967 album, "Song to a Seagull". Haunting melodies and so many gorgeous songs have emanated from this iconic musician. I often find inspiration for my pieces in song lyrics and Joni is one of my all-time favorite song writers.
It was July in 2011 and it looks as if we were in the middle of a typical summer flat spell. I wonder if this helped at all. na a 'ohe nalu, a laila aku i kai, penei e hea ai (If there is no surf, invoke seaward in the following manner): "Ku mai! Ku mai! Ka nalu nui mai Kahiki mai, (arise, arise you great surfs from Kahiki) Alo po i pu! Ku mai ka pohuehue, (the powerful curling waves. Arise with the pohuehue) Hu! Kai ko'o Loa. (Well up long raging surf.)
I've been thinking a lot lately about the notion of authenticity, the story behind people's creations and the value those stories bring to handcrafted jewelry (and all other forms of art + design).