A seed. Small organic matter that falls to the ground from a plant that has died, but yet contains the very mystery of life within its being. It holds the power to re-create.
The textures of prairie grasses and wildflowers have fascinated this simple mind. I was looking closely at one particular grass, the little bluestem and wanted to capture it in a small pendant. The grasses themselves are too big for this, so I was looking at the individual seeds.
As I thought about seeds in general and their purpose and the life cycle of plants, I saw the powerful symbolism that they represent. So small, the least of these, often overlooked or hidden, but hold the power of regeneration: a death, a new life, a fresh beginning.
These necklaces are dedicated to the seed-gatherers. Those who work to help restore and preserve our prairies by harvesting seeds.
With the new year almost here, these are a great reminder of the fresh beginnings a new year promises.