Woman and tigers bangle bracelet

Woman and tigers bangle bracelet


In every heart there is a coward and a procrastinator.
In every heart there is a god of flowers, just waiting
to stride out of a cloud and lift its wings.
The kookaburras, pressed against the edge of their cage,
asked me to open the door.
Years later I remember how I didn't do it,
how instead I walked away.
They had the brown eyes of soft-hearted dogs.
They didn't want to do anything so extraordinary, only to fly
home to their river.
By now I suppose the great darkness has covered them.
As for myself, I am not yet a god of even the palest flowers.
Nothing else has changed either.
Someone tosses their white bones to the dung-heap.
The sun shines on the latch of their cage.
I lie in the dark, my heart pounding.
-Mary Oliver, The Kookaburras

Reading this poem years ago, with the hours of sobbing I spent as it finally sunk in, was a turning point in how I viewed myself in the world. As painful as the journey towards self-awareness is, I think it is essential for finding a way forward in the creation of a world which honors the extraordinary aliveness of our beautiful planet, rather than treating it as a resource to pillage and poison.

edition: one-of-a-kind
made of: copper, 24k, vitreous enamel, iron oxide transfer
measurements: This detailed bangle measures 2 and 1/8th inches wide and has an interior diameter of 2.75 inches. I would call this a size large.
process: The process for making this bracelet is labor-intensive. After fabricating the bangle form, the enameling process then involved laying layers of finely-ground glass onto the copper forms and firing them multiple times at very high temperatures in a kiln. Lots of protective gear involved at every step. Then I painstakingly gather, cut and arrange tiny fragments of text and imagery from many different eras in history and fuse them into the enamel along with 24k gold to tell the stories we may have forgotten.

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