Tuesday, January 10, 2017
What I'm working on: "Oyster Shell Assemblage"
Yesterday I sent her this oyster shell that has a little silver bird's nest attached to its interior. And here's my accompanying letter:
I made this the other day and for some weird reason I thought of you.
We don’t really know each other, do we? We’ve seen each other just a couple of times, right?
So why would I be thinking of you when I was making this? How did it happen?
I was cleaning my art studio and I came upon an oyster shell.
I almost threw it away, but then I saw a tiny, tiny hole in it.
Hmmmmmmm . . . A tiny hole. What can I attach to this oyster shell?
Oyster, oyster, oyster . . . What do oysters make? Pearls! I have some pearls.
Pearls, pearls, pearls . . . They look like little bird eggs, don’t they?
Birds, eggs, birds, eggs . . . Nests!
I have some silver wire. I made a silver nest with pearls inside and attached it to the oyster shell.
And then I thought of you — someone I don’t really know — and decided this should belong to you.
So here it is — the idea of an oyster, pearls, eggs, birds, nests — an idea that all came together as a special gift for you, Caroline. From someone you don’t even know!
Your mom’s friend on Whidbey Island.
Your grandmother’s friend on Whidbey Island.
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