Meet Linda. Linda is a mother, grandmother, and wife. From what I know of her she is very interesting, retired, and Grandmother extraordinaire to her grand kids! I met Linda at the Myriad Pop Up Shops back in December. She had seen my work a week before at Deluxe (another show I do in OKC) and had been thiking about her order. She started by commissioning a piece for her daughter, then came to me the next day for a couple of necklaces for her son in law to gift to his Mom's... then we started talking about a large piece for her husbands Mom. This piece had 14 names on it and was by far the largest design I had to tackle to date. After going back and forth a few times we both decided that incorporating the tree of life was necessary and all 14 names and birthstones were necessary. Above is the final design, all 14 kids and grand kids with their birthstones and the Mom's birsthone is the ruby at the top!
After Christmas I started working on Linda's piece. She gave me a locket wither her daughters pictures in it and told me to do what I wanted... I added her children and her grand children's names and birth date's as well as their birthstones. After one of our design meetings Linda decided that her mother, Ruth, needed to be added too. I thought this was a fabulous idea! Ruth's birthday was in 1923 and that is by far the earliest date I ave stamped, which I thought was really cool!
She also gave me a small brooch, that belonged to her mother, that she wanted to incorporate some how. This part was a bit tricky, but I finally came up with a way to attach it to the top of the necklace.
I thoroughly enjoyed working on all of these projects and am so glad to have met Linda. She is one of those people that I instantly clicked with. She is very encouraging of my work which meant a lot to me.
Have family pieces you would like to turn into a custom more personal design? Feel free to contact me for an estimate/design idea, I'd love to help!