As we start the New Year with so much uncertainty in the air, I decided to focus on love. And with the upcoming Valentines Day, I decided to create a collection of beaded jewelry inspired by romance. Each purchase will come wrapped for Valentines Day and sent to your beloved. And, as usual, each purchase comes with a free pair of earrings to give away as a random act of kindness.
A friend of mine gave me this wonderfully colored bracelet cuff (pictured above) for Christmas and the colors have inspired me to look in my bead collection for a similar palette. Thus, I have been creating designs inspired by this beautiful collection of pastel flowers.
update on Maren's Peru Project
As many of you know, I've moved to Los Angeles to engage with my academic life and pursue my goal of getting back to Peru. I'm enjoying the academic work, but I must admit that finding work down here in Los Angeles has been harder than I thought. And, despite all the jewelry sales (thanks so much for your support), I'm still needing to raise about $6K to get back to Peru. So, my trip will have to be postponed till I get more established in Los Angeles. Envision a job for me here, hopefully at the Getty Institute.
Thanks again for your support of me through your beaded jewelry purchases...and your belief that I will get back to Peru one day.
Happy New Year!
Maren Elwood is a Visual Anthropologist who studies cultures with her camera...and collects beads on her travels to share with you.