In the Past…

Some twenty years ago, I spent a good deal of time in the southwest, immersing myself in its art and culture, hiking the canyons, and exploring clifftop dwellings.  I was intrigued as I stepped inside the many rooms of these ancient abodes.  Drawings which told stories of dreams and ancient lore covered the walls.  Some of the drawings were carved, but I remember many of them having been drawn with charcoal.  I envisioned the occupants  sitting around a fire pit telling stories, then recording the tales with charred twigs after the fire had burned out.   Those drawings inspired much of the work I did in basketry and jewelry back then, but to this day, they remain vividly etched in my mind.  With this pair of sterling silver drop earrings, I’ve embedded polymer clay with imprinted designs.  They very much remind me of the petroglyphs I viewed many years ago.  

~ by BarbaraBriggsDesigns on January 8, 2011.

2 Responses to “In the Past…”

  1. I like the design of those Southwest inspired earrings. I live in Phx. AZ and have seen petroglyphs and other amazing ancient designs her in the SW. Have you ever see the handprints on some rocks in the Navajo/Hopi areas of AZ? Their fingers were short and the whole handprints still appear on some rocks. Sorry I don’t have the exact location, but there’s probably some info. online. I think a small Navajo handprint on some of your jewelry with your combination of materials, would be wonderful.


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