These last few weeks have been spent preparing for the first trade show of the year in Philadelphia. It’s all I’ve been thinking about and doing, to the neglect of everything else since I’ll be launching my new line in silver to stores. Today in New York City was no day to be out – snow, snow, rain and more snow. So this evening, after trudging about in the grey sludge that the sidewalks had become, I holed myself up in the studio to answer a question I’ve been asked innumerable times: Why Spiders?
As the signature image of my jewelry as well as one of my favorite little creatures, the Spider represents a strong female image. She is wise, clever, and creative while still delicate and graceful. She works with her hands to catch food and build shelter. Her web implies interconnection. Many people seem to misunderstand them, but ever since I was a child, they’ve held a special place in my heart.
I place a small gold spider or silver spider on many pieces of my jewelry to carry these attributes to the women that wear them. Also, I’ve always believed that people like the familiar. This is true of art as it is of music. So I hope they come to know these little creatures, and come to like them, even just a little bit!