Announcement Handmade jewelry, sun catchers, poster prints and clothing - sometimes other stuff too! I use 100% ethical materials; reclaimed beads, vintage components, responsibly sourced crystals and wire made of recycled content. Each design is either made in limited editions or is outright One of a Kind.
Handmade jewelry, sun catchers, poster prints and clothing - sometimes other stuff too! I use 100% ethical materials; reclaimed beads, vintage components, responsibly sourced crystals and wire made of recycled content. Each design is either made in limited editions or is outright One of a Kind.
alicia bray on Mar 22, 2014
great assemblage - I have really been enjoying the necklace. thank you!
Sheila Ward on Mar 6, 2014
These earrings are just gorgeous! They are so well crafted and surprisingly light weight on the earl. They look exactly as pictured and are truly flattering to the face when worn! ;-)
Relics Of A Future Past
Shining Litha started out as a small side project separate from my primary jewelry store Sparrow Salvage, where I found myself connecting to ideas of 'what it is to belong'; specifically finding our individual place in the collective tribal identity through culture, geography, time and even space. I have family roots in England but was born and raised in Australia - a place I never felt I belonged to an almost alien extent.
I became interested in the idea of 'the tyranny of distance', and wondered if being a pioneer in Australia in those early times - so unfathomably far from home - must have felt as it does to me, a stranger in an alien world, lost on what might as well be a distant planet. In that one innocent thought, the seed that was to become Shining Litha was planted.
Cut to some years later - the aftermath of a near-fatal car accident, the healing required and the almost total loss of my creativity while I focused on rebuilding my own life. In doing so I was determined to become the 'best version of me yet' and I went back through my past, cleaning out 'dead wood' and reclaiming those elements of identity I felt the most authentic, intent on combining them for what we might call a reboot of my self.
In using my past to build my future I found myself repeatedly returning to the 1980s, where I was happiest - as a teenage geek. Where my days were full of science fiction and fantasy, from Star Wars to Dungeons and Dragons to the work of Brian Froud, Frank Frazetta and Jim Henson. My art, my writing and every spare moment was devoted to these imaginary worlds.
In that journey to the past I re-discovered an imaginary ancient culture of my own invention - stories I started in my teenage years and have since built upon. Everything I make now is imagined as being a part of that same world. Here my work is modern and ancient, man made and natural; it draws a thread between my past and future, ourselves and our ancestors, our technology and our Gods.
I am forever interested in the parallels of ancient culture and science technology. I see science and technology develop where myth and magic came before; scientists discover things that ancient men already knew and we put our faith in technology to a degree level with Gods. This was the kick-off for my aesthetic; pieces of futuristic design where threads of ancient culture are clearly seen.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." - Arthur C. Clark
I explore jewelry, clothing, art dolls, home decor, photography and print-making.
Materials such as wood, clay and paper are elementally basic and connect to our first moments of man's world on earth, while salvaged materials give a post-apocalyptic edge, bridging a gap between here and the distant past and connecting with ancestors on the way. True to the 80s foundation there is a lot of pastel colour and crystal iridescence!
With each piece my ideas and themes expand but remain rooted in the seed of the human experience, the moments of life which unite us intimately as one humanity.
Through the connection to forefathers and ancestors, from the cradle of civilization to this very moment and beyond; we are all a part of a great journey. Man is perhaps a unique species on a unique planet, adrift in an ocean of stars and galaxies as unknown to us now as the new world once was to our forefathers. We journey to the stars and desperately seek new worlds, an effort to preserve our future in those same stars every culture we know was convinced held the gods. In our distance future where time travel is finally attained, do we close the circle and become the Gods our ancestors saw as real?
You can follow my Instagram by clicking the link below, and I have a Tumblr too where I post a wide variety of inspirational content.
Owner, Maker, Designer, Hunter, Gatherer, Finder, Writer, Fantsy Historian
42 years old and living (at the moment!) in the rural-ish mountains of Melbourne Australia. Artisan jewelry designer, photographer and possibly some kind of visionary, albeit a lazy one.
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