Catherine's necklace: spotted jasper, Kieshe pearls,
smokey topaz Swarovski crystals, and fine and sterling silver
I can't speak for all men and women, but I know some of us gals have deep, intimate knowledge of our inner steed. For me, the Wind Horse charm I created has always conjured up images from the beginning of Sylvia Plath's poem Ariel:
Stasis in darkness.
Then the substanceless blue
Pour of tor and distances.
How one we grow,
Pivot of heels and knees!
Like Sylvia, the locale of my imagination is East Coast/Midwest, and my inner horse was always pictured as a gleaming, chestnut brown with deep black eyes. What a chance surprise and delight when I received the image above from a fellow Etsy artist who interpreted her own version of Wind Horse in a new necklace design! I love the magic of sharing stories where I get an opportunity to taste the flavor of each person's inner landscape, and this necklace definitely transports me to the Southwest, where vast, dusty plains and pinto, dappled horses mingle in my imagination.
Catherine writes, "the spotted jasper reminded me of pinto colored mustangs -- just had to use it. Hope my design does justice to your work and you like it. Wore it [the necklace] yesterday and had several positive comments about it, mostly from people I didn't even know! It is going to a show this weekend -- hopefully it will go to a GOOD home (although I'm not sure I want to sell it!)."
Wow! It's a powerful feeling knowing that people can be instantly drawn to your story in one glance through a universal image and Catherine's elegant interpretation of the Southwest landscape in color and texture.
Thanks to Catherine for allowing me a glimpse into her imagination! What a fitting celebration of beauty and grace. This story makes me wonder about the other horses that are lingering out there in your hearts. Anyone want to conjure up their inner steed and paint me a virtual picture?