Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Up From the Ashes

In the redwood groves of northern California there is a magical thing that happens, a result of what we might call a tragedy, a blight:

Fire sweeps through the forest
clearing away all of the underbrush around these magnificent trees
creating a mulch on the woodland floor
and popping the hard seed casings that house the little Redwood blueprints...

the chaos and heat of fire is the only way a new tree can take root.

Well, I say 'hallelujah' to that; it seems to echo our own human spiritual growth patterns, does it not?

We burn in the fires of whatever consumes us:

and from that total consumption, something once hard gets cracked open and we see (if we look, oh please please always look)

a new beginning
a release of old patterns
the fresh experience of life in this new raw skin...

What looks like destruction
to our beauty-loving eyes
is actually
a painful gift.

These pieces are made to look as though they went through fire to get to the beautiful place they're currently in:
heavily oxidized, fiercely brushed...

They show the beauty of transformation,
a representation of renewed spirit in metal...



Nialah said...

Amazing words and stunning pieces.



tattooedblogger said...

I really love this post...So TRUE..and such Beauty

Anonymous said...

Yes to everything. :)

DalaHorse said...

Beautiful,meaningful pieces~

emmy d said...

Oh Allison those are breathtaking.

Anonymous said...

it's love!♥

love and light

Angelika said...

such a great jewelry

big hug, Angelica

reconstructing sarah said...

stunning, as always :)


beth + cody said...

Lovely, all around.

There is no opportunity for growth like when we've been burning. It just leaves the ground so fertile.

UmberDove said...

So when are you coming north to collect more redwoods?

Sunny Rising Leather said...

My women,

You are splendid.

Cannot say enough about your care, your words and your spirit: they all reach me here :)

Love love love,