I've been always inspired by things around me on the back roads as well as the cities I've traveled to. Many times those tangible objects on the street turn out to capture my soul and consume the moment in my heart.
Escape (noun): An act of avoidance or runaway from something.
I'm falling hard with my newest collection that has been named "Escape". This collection was initially inspired as I traveled west and visited historical museums in New Mexico and California. Walking around I noticed old locks and chains and that unleashed a variety of thoughts and feelings.
I suddenly had a connection not just with the beauty in these tough and rusty shapes of those chains, but also they drew me with so many questions; what is like to be in chains? what is it like to be free? Even though we live in the time of revolution and no more slavery. I often think, are we really as free as we think we are? Are we a slave of our minds? Of our thoughts? Of our habits? Or if cultural expectations?
Now that we are living in the digital age, we easily consume endless information through various media. They're sudden and global. At the same time, the lines of fact and fiction seem to blur and everyone can access information the way they like it. Do we get trapped in the world's vision about how we should live our lives?
Right now I feel like it's one of those times that it's very important to connect to ourselves and live in the moment (either small or large). So I designed this collection to symbolize overcoming obstacles and escaping our own illusions that we create ourselves or/and that we get impacted from others. Let's remember that we are human and none of us are perfect. We might view someone or something's from one perspective, it doesn't mean that their lives are painted the same in all 360 degrees. Let's respect others and don't forget to respect yourself too.
The collection includes: Chain Link Statement Ring, Chain Link Accent Band Statement Ring, Double Chain Statement Ring, Crystal Mismatched Chain Link Statement Earrings, Box Chain Link Cuff Bracelet, 18" Large Chain Link Choker Necklace, Long Chain Link Necklace, Flat Plate Chain Accent Choker Collar Necklace and Trapeze Pendant Necklace. The jewelry can be worn as a trophy of things overcome or as a reminder of choices we need to make. This season, we evoke recognition and relationship to ourselves.
Thanks for reading and continue happy shopping!
Photographer: Jeff Jacob & Me