The inspiration for this
"Earring" Medicine Bag came from my self proclaimed biggest fan in New
YAWK, Ellen. She collects 'singleton' earrings (a singleton is an
item that doesn't have a matching mate). I had been discussing with
her the numerous orders I had been getting for Medicine Bags. She
waxed/waned poetically, wistfully, and with much longing for one of my bags, but
was under some certain misconceptions as to whom could own these bags.
I've used this wonderful medium violet dyed genuine pigskin suede leather for the body of the medicine bag. The center stone is a 25x18mm genuine semi-precious peach aventurine gemstone. I've embellished the stone with a rope technique I learned from Paula Adams using size 13/0 charlotte cut glass beads. I've hand stitched the entire bag using a 3 bead edging technique. The fringe and handle are accented with hand blown frosted glass beads. Bag measures 2 x 10" including strap. This is a One-Of-A-Kind creation.
Here is the ever so adorable 'biggest fan
from New Yawk" Ellen herself, wearing the earring medicine bag. Her
comments upon receipt:
Unbeknownst to Ellen, until it's arrival, I had included an amethyst Zuni Bear Fetish Charm inside the bag. I did this for 2 reasons; The first being that it is tribal custom that a bag being presented as a gift or having been made for a special reason, that the original owner or maker should add something of their own to it, and the 2nd reason is to start the power of the medicine bag off with a Native American spiritual 'totem' symbol I felt represented Ellen, as I've come to know her.
"Bear" basically represents "Introspection". The "Bear" is also known and often represents 'dreamtime', because the bear withdraws into a dream world every winter in the search for answers and is reborn every spring. "Bear" also represents strength, humility, motherhood, teaching, communication with spirit, and is a powerful symbol of Shamanism. There are numerous other interpretations of the 'bear' in various cultures...but I'd dang near have to write a book to go into it all of it now...and especially how it would relate to El's free, independent, and very individual spirit!! (((hmmmmmmm..a book.........now there's an idea!! Hey Ellen... a book about totems or your unauthorized biography??......oh seriously beyond wicked evil grin.....snicker......heh,heh..okay,...now I'm bordering on possible cruelty...just kidding El.))))
Getting back to business, I absolutely love these kind of projects!! Thank YOU, Ellen, for being such ongoing fuel for my creative inspiration!!
Well...wouldn't you know it, El had some additional
comments upon reading the above, here's what she had to say:
excuse me........ gonna gush some more, aw.....geee.....more
Though this particular bag
was custom made just for Ellen and has been
SOLD, you can order something similar. Visit the
Gemstone Cab Gallery and then contact
Sunshine for your custom order desires.
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