Stories and Gifts

.5″ x 2″, gifted objects

I’ve been helping to clean out the studios of two different artist friends who passed away, and handling their materials makes me think about the collection that I’m amassing of gifts that I’ve been given for art.  Bits of broken jewelry, glass collected from a beach, beads from friends’ travels, a slate roof tile that slid off a neighbor’s roof… each story makes the object more special, and the stories find their way into each pendant.  But in using the materials from  friends who aren’t there to explain them,  the old stories are lost and I have to make new ones, making their memories my own.