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I am UmberDove.

And by that, I mean an artist.  One who hears stories in the wind, who paints because it is what her soul tells her to do, who smiths because the muse moves through her fingertips, who loves nothing more than the promise of an unexplored trail, the sound of the ocean in her ears, and scent of a serious cup of coffee.


Know Thyself


Sometimes an idea tumbles around, gaining speed, picking up subtleties, for weeks.  Then one morning I wake and know exactly what it was meant to look like the entire time.

I'm talking about the good like work of mustering courage to look deep inside, and the love to make peace with what you find.  While I've not talked directly about it much in the public forum, this chapter in my life has been much dedicated to healing.  What started with physical healing, and lead into nutritional healing, has now rounded the curve toward emotional and spiritual work.  I'm spending more time (and financial resources) on ME than ever before and I tell you true: it does take an immense amount of courage.  But it also takes peace and gentleness towards self in great doses, and for me, that is the greater challenge.  I've had courage and confidence; they've always been my allies (I chalk it up to the belief that I must have been an Amazon warrioress in a past life), but gentleness and deep self love are learned traits.  And I'm working on it.
Aren't we all though?

Know Thyself Rings
(sterling silver and raw amethyst)

A few months back when I began researching the symbolism of stones, I began collection beautiful bits of amethyst.  Raw points, hunks of rough, polished cabs, they all speak to me of peace.  Of gentleness, of the strength that is born of loving-kindness.  Then, yesterday when I woke, the vision of how I wanted to begin this work in silver appeared so clear in my mind, I could have reach up and plucked it down.  So I warmed up the studio, made a chemex of coffee, shamefully put off all emails and correspondence, and let the metal flow.
(both rings will be in the shop shortly!)
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Have a glorious weekend all! 
~ Umber ~