Revisiting the Significance of Rings

by lindsay walker


One of the main reasons that I make jewelry is for the stories. Jewelry, has the ability to carry not only monetary value, especially if it's made from gold and other precious metals and gems, but it also has the ability to hold memories and feelings. Even if the jewelry is transformed into something different, the sentimental significance can never be taken away, but it can be carried on in the objects that we adorn ourselves with. 

I enjoy creating jewelry that comes from a personal place because oftentimes that feeling is carried on to the next person. My experiences and desires come together to create jewelry that is relatable because we are all connected by the same threads of meaning. 

Historically rings have held special meaning in cultures. In ancient Rome wealthy landowners were permitted to wear gold rings to signify their rank and status. Freedmen were only allowed to wear silver rings, but would often paint their gold rings black, as a symbol of their own value without fear of rebuke from the law. 

Symbolic meanings of jewelry and rings change and vary depending upon the culture and time, but the consistent thread for jewelry wearing is that the object becomes personal and significant throughout time and experience. We feel connected to objects, and we always have been. Ancient man was adorned wth jewelry first before any other accessory or fashion was created. 

The historical and present sigificance of ring wearing fuels my creative drive. I always enjoy making custom wedding rings for people, and for awhile now I have been motivated to use the same techniques for making jeweled and signet rings for men and women. Walker Jewelry is releasing a few styles at a time.

Every ring is sand casted in my studio from sterling silver, bronze, and gold, and are finished in different styles. Various gems are being used and include citrine, ruby, and garnet. Rings also come with their vary own antique ring box which I've been collecting feverishly. Many of these celluloid ring boxes were made in the 50's for jewelers and all include a Made in USA stamp on the back. Take a look at some of my pieces in the gallery below!


Abstract painting and jewelry for The Wardrobe Project

by lindsay walker


The Nashville Fashion Alliance held its first local designer market, called the Wardrobe Project at Track One last Saturday. The inspiration for the market came from Caroline Margaret's instagram feed @nashvillewardrobeproject, which showcases Nashville's designers. The market hosted Nashville fashion and accessory designers from a variety of backgrounds and styles. The vibe was similar to Dover Street Market in New York as many designers collaborated with local artists to create magical environments for their work. 

 I contacted my friend, Erin Murphy, who paints amazing abstract art and landscapes shortly after receiving word that Walker Jewelry would be apart of the market. I have been wanting to collaborate with her on a project for some time and this opportunity provided the perfect chance to do so. 

The results were great to experience, and I felt like my jewelry had found its home in Erin's art installation. Check out the pictures of Erin's landscape installation here, which was inspired by Tennessee limestone rock and landscapes.

Sketch by Erin Murphy

Avra necklaces on display at The Wardrobe Project  

Avra necklaces on display at The Wardrobe Project

 

Seraphina Necklaces in their natural world.

Seraphina Necklaces in their natural world.

Erin's sketch for the "rocks."

Erin's sketch for the "rocks."

Erin and me standing in front on the gorgeous installation at The Wardrobe Project in Nashville

Erin and me standing in front on the gorgeous installation at The Wardrobe Project in Nashville


Literary Musings

by lindsay walker


How is this the first time that I've ever picked up an Ayn Rand book? I'm just now getting into the Fountainhead, which explores the depths of what makes us modern people. Not only modern people, but what drives us as modern people to create and build  based on a point of view. Often times while making jewelery, I have struggled with questions of legitamacy and purpose. There is already so much in the world that has been made, why continue? At the same time I marvel that we live in an age that allows so many young businesses to thrive. I'm surrounded by artists, musicians, and idealists, all hopeful that they will be heard. 

Here is an excerpt from The Fountainhead. "Rules?" said Roark. "Here are my rules: what can be done with one substance must never be done with another. No two materials are alike. No two sites on earth are alike. No two buildings have the same purpose. The purpose, the site, the material determine the shape. Nothing can be reasonable or beautiful unless it's made by one central idea, and the idea sets every detail. A building is alive, like a man. Its integrity is to follow its own truth, its one single theme, and to serve its own single purpose. A building doesn't borrow hunks of its soul. Its maker gives it the soul and every wall, window and stairway to express it. "

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