California Dreaming Collection
In 2017 I made my move back to northern California after almost 20 years in the islands. I had a good life in Hawai’i but I knew I needed to expand my world. I had manifested my dreams of becoming a successful artist and my work was more than a trend, it had become collected and loved by many who live and visit the islands. Feeling that I wanted to change and explore new designs but did not want to just abandon my work altogether. I started to do some deep inner work before I left Kaua’i with different plant medicines in sacred ceremonies and this revealed a whole new way of living to me. So I landed in northern California near Auburn and began this inner quest to understand myself deeper. It began with reconnecting with my family who I had barely kept in touch with due to my island obsession. I was far from the ocean so I could not just go for a surf spend my free time riding waves or just being at the beach. Luckily there was a beautiful river nearby that I could go to and connect with. I spent much time in meditation and continued my work with plant medicines in ceremony until I received the message that I can do the rest of this deep work on my own. That I had developed this way to of seeing my behaviors in the moment and understanding why I had developed ways of being that were self destructive. Making deep connections with my ancestors, spirit guides, and higher self gave me a new way to deal with life that was way more magical and interesting than when I was in charge of it. Having always loved astrology and astronomy, I went deep into the study of Shamanic Astrology. This type of astrology seeks to redefine some of the traditional means of looking at houses and signs. I use this astrology everyday and in my designs. Connecting to the planetary energies has given me an grounded ease to my daily living.
This collection is about an exploration into crystals and stones and working with different metals such a brass and gold fill. The collection is constantly evolving as I am in this world.