"on the second sabbat

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 of twelfthmoon,

 

in the city of weep,

a girl fell from the sky."

- Laini Taylor, Strange the Dreamer 

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This collection is based on the book, Strange the Dreamer, by Laini Taylor. What drew me to this story was the lack of "purely good" or "purely evil" sides or characters. It is about two people who pick up the pieces after war and atrocity. Each is a mix of light and dark, from the hero who is torn by shame for the acts he committed to free his people, to the child of war who seeks vengeance for the stolen lives of her siblings, even at the cost of the few who survived. It's that complexity, that look beneath the surface to reveal a person and all of their colors, that I sought to portray in my work.

Each piece within the collection was created to embody a character or interaction between characters. The rings were inspired by the five godspawn - half human half blue-skinned god-who each have distinct powers that reflect their personalities. The brooches portray the link between two characters, each of whom has dreams that the other has the power to fulfill. That link is further explored through the crown, which represents the two characters coming together. 

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sparrow

nurturer and resurrector, bright and sweet like the orchids she grows

 

ring

sterling silver

fall 2018

lost wax casting

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Feral

bringer

and banisher

of clouds, emotionally

distant and aloof

ring

sterling silver

fall 2018

lost wax casting

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Ruby

kin to wildfire and

candleflame, warm passion meets dramatic volatility

ring

sterling silver, 24k foil

fall 2018

lost wax casting, keumboo

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Sarai

sovereign of dreams

and ruler of the night,

a rare gift of empathy

in a war-torn world

ring

sterling silver

fall 2018

lost wax casting

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Minya

capturer of souls and

mistress to the ghosts bound to her will, just as she is bound to the chains of a violent past   

ring and cuff

sterling silver

fall 2018

lost wax casting

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Something Beautiful

and full of monsters

a dreamer's wonder meets the muse of nightmares' shame

brooch set

sterling silver, larimar cabochons

fall 2018

lost wax casting

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to be in your story

with the dreamer's help, she turns her nightmares into fireflies to catch in a jar

circlet

sterling silver

fall 2018

lost wax casting, hammer texturing,

wire construction

Photos by Atrayee Sarkar