a few years ago, mum, unimpressed by the many (7 i think it was) necklaces, beads and pendants i wore on my neck, asked me not to “go around looking like tribal chief”. while this was certainly not intended as a compliment, i quite liked the comparison. these days i limit my neck wear to one piece, though the pieces possibly have increased in tribal chief-ness.
i can’t help but think that maybe the earliest body decoration was just from pretty things found lying around. while denis dutton’s very interesting book speaks of how jewelery plays a role in evolutionary sexual selection, i wonder if before being ‘precious’, diamonds were just pretty stones. while i have no evidence to back that claim, here are, from the bottlebroke perspective of beauty, some pieces i’ve made, and someday (soon?) hope to start selling. i don’t have a name for the line, and would welcome suggestions. am looking for the te reo maori word for ‘common’ (as opposite of taonga or treasure) but haven’t had any luck yet. click on each image to see a bigger one.
the bone+bottle cap is probably my favourite, and i wear it all the time. all of these are hung on braided (soft) garden twine. any pre-orders, then? and if you suggest a name (whether i use it or not), you get one free!