Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Sahara Meets Southwest

If you are familiar with my work, then you already know that I am a huge fan of Kristi Bowman and regularly use her handmade copper components. I put the copper pieces on the table and stare at them for days thinking about different approaches before deciding on a design that will suit them.

These copper components are a symbol called tanfouk, used by the nomadic Taureg tribes of North Africa. It is a fertility symbol, but it is the shape that appeals to me. My goal was to embellish the shapes without distracting from them. They are already quite large, so I did not want to add length to them unless it was necessary. The beaded wires were my solution and then I added some color with the dangling Czech glass beads.

The Perfect Leather Jacket

Theory , $140 / Donna Karan belted jacket / 7 For All Mankind super skinny jeans / rag & bone stacked heel / Big Buddha hobo shoulder bag / Vintage scarve / American Apparel vintage sunglasses

Chrysalis Too on Etsy
Chrysalis Jewelry on Artfire
Chrysalis for the Curious Blog


  1. I didn't know that's what that shape was I just made it up!! Cool, I'm happy it has some meaning and I (always) love what you created!

  2. Goodness! I love that shape! So rustic, so organic, so ancient looking. Great style board too. Enjoy the day! Erin