When selling my work through a gallery in Atiu (Cook Islands) I wanted to make items that related to the island. Atiu is famous for its burial caves. There are guided tours, and yes, the bones are still in the caves, displayed the way they were found, including skulls. That is when I became interested in working with skulls, almost like giving me an internal permission to work with them.
Sorting beads the box with Christmas themed beads fell into my hand, and next one up happened to be the skulls. What an interesting combination, me thinks, and got to work straighaway. Just the right amount of tease and unease for the coming up sickly sweet Christmas season. Here are three pairs of earrings with skulls and angels. Repelling? Cute? Interesting? Who are we to judge? Bound to spark a conversation around the Christmas dinner table!