The poppy’s earliest references, for medicinal and recreational use, are from the ancient land of Sumeria, now Iraq and Kuwait. With their cultivation of the flower, word spread and it became one of the most important and profitable products on the Silk Road. Civilizations rose and fell, yet this delicate flower endured.
Lavender’s origin is the Mediterranean, Middle East and India. Its history goes back some 2500 years. It’s a flowering plant of the mint family known for its beauty, its sweet floral fragrance and multiple uses. Its name is from the Latin ‘lavare’ meaning ‘to wash’. The Romans used Lavender to scent their baths, beds, clothes and even hair. They also discovered its medicinal properties.
Devotion exists in many different kinds of relationships, from romantic to familial and in friendships. I created this ‘Parejas’ series to connect and be shared between two people, much like a friendship necklace is shared with each “half” of the whole to each person in the relationship.
Seagulls in flight remind us to view life from different perspectives, solve problems by looking at them from different angles, and that we have the ability to rise and fly above our circumstances. That it’s time to take a different perspective on things. That solutions lie in changing attitudes towards problems at hand.
Life is made up of limitations and restrictions, some are beneficial, others work against us, most are self-imposed. This match set is a reminder that like the sea and sky, our souls and spirits are indestructible and without limit. How we see ourselves, others and life are the restrictions and limitations.
Two things occurred this year that had me thinking about my own origin story pre-assimilation survival mode.
The second is my hope to have my own kids, a biological relationship with another human that I’ve not had since age 2, going through IVF, and having it fail. I haven’t been able to talk about it much and even now emotions and tears rise and swell. Connecting with KAD and creating art are helping me through.
Ladybugs also represent a time of fruition of dreams and wishes. A master in the art of metamorphosis, they transform from a hideous larva to a beautiful insect adorned with bright colors. Maybe you have made or are considering making important changes in your life or have done so recently as I have… Ladybugs remind us to accept and appreciate our blessings in life.
Relationships, with others and the one had with oneself. Dig deep.