I never really set out with the intention to create a new piece that grey winter day when Nectar came to be. I had been staying away from the studio for months and felt somewhat like a stranger in there. But I also felt not like a stranger, but not really quite there, in my other life as well, and figured I’d pick up a torch and a hammer and see how it felt. I was slow and deliberate and immediately started shaping leaves - I felt an intense longing for spring and besides, the leaves are easy to make, just a simple bend at the middle of the wire. I played around with a few new options for the Leaf pendant and nothing really happened, even though I wanted my day back in the studio to reveal some sort of paved path forward; a stone tablet with a concise list of rules or at least good advice. The pendants I was trying out were not cooperating and in the end I was frustrated and took two of them, six leaves in different sizes, and connected them all in one small ring. And there were no angel choirs, but there was something. A certain comfort in the weight of the six leaves and one circle. And when I put it down it splayed out like wings, like lungs, like a portal. I took it up and the basic figure spoke in the words of the Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer:
“Inside you vault opens behind vault endlessly.”
I quickly decided this heavy and chiming piece needed to be centered around an 18 K gold ring, and the Nectar pendant was born. It’s a set of six petals around a center of golden nectar; the sugary liquid flowers produce to attracts pollinators. When the flowers sense that the pollinators, be it bees, butterflies, moths or other species, are near, the flow of nectar increases - and then the pollination is done, the remaining nectar is absorbed back into the plant.
This above is probably my (current) personal variation of this pendant though - I love how it looks like lungs! I have asthma so the idea of having a couple of symbolic lungs around my neck is nice, even though it should be three parts in one and only two in the other. Why? Because the left lung has three lobes whereas the right only has two. The right lung is also bigger than the left because the left lung shares the space within the chest with the heart. But, let’s end the anatomy lesson and move on…
Nectar can also be worn with the two smallest leaves hanging loose, to create a butterflyish shape. I think this might be a nice way to wear it if you’re also carrying a little person who wants to fiddle on your necklace. The smallest leaves will move around freely and make a soft sound when they hit the bigger leaves. I’m sure you will all find your own perfect variation of this pendant and I can’t wait to see how it’s received by you all!
A small number of Nectar pendants will be available in the shop opening on Friday, April 19 at around 20.30 CEST. Please note that you need a Stitch chain (or another chain with double clasps and extra rings) to be able to wear it in these different ways. Chains are sold separately and will be available in two different lengths, 80 and 95 cm, in the shop opening. On this last picture I’m wearing the 80 cm chain, and if you’re bigger or smaller around the neck and shoulders than my size S the length will be different. The chains both cost the same so you can choose whichever one you think will fit best.
See you on the next full moon!