|Sherri says I'm the short one...what I want to know is why does she get to wear the leopard hides?!?|
These are Neolithic quartz beads, that were painstakingly drilled by hand! One of the things that I have always loved about beads is just how much a part of human culture they have been since the beginning. I've had these beads for a few years now, just waiting for the right project. And here it is!
I've wanted to make a shaman necklace for myself for years, and this seemed to be the perfect reason. I wanted all of the components to be natural, and preferably handmade...so I broke out my seldom used dremel tool and went to town on my box of weird nature things!
Some of the materials I used include (because I'm sure I can't remember all of them): hemp twine, driftwood and kelp from the Oregon Coast, Baltic Sea amber, crinoid segment fossils, coral skeleton, turkey spur and deer hooves, the neolithic quartz beads, sliced walnut and tagua nut, rudraksha seed, large flat seeds from Peru, wood and twigs, antler...the list goes on! In the center is a stylized ceramic cat skull by my buddy Mel of Melody Allen - Ceramics. Humans started developing ceramics around 24,000 BCE - I love this combination of two creative disciplines that are so integral to our identity as humans.
Here are a couple more views so you can see the entire scope of the piece. What objects can you identify? There are a few that are still mysteries to me - like the large wood nobby thing just below the ceramic skull. A friend gave that to me, and I have no idea what kind of tree it came from...or is it some sort of root nodule? Do you know?
Lindsay Starr, Phantasm Creations You are here!